The Seattle Police Department at 6:55pm on Friday released 86 pages' worth of transcripts of interviews with the police officers who last week fatally shot Charleena Lyles, a 30-year-old black mother of four.
And the biggest revelation is that Jason Anderson, an officer trained to use a Taser, stopped carrying his Taser for about two weeks after its battery died and didn't tell his superiors. SPD policy requires that Taser-trained officers carry their Tasers on their shifts. Anderson also said he wasn't trained how to disarm a person with a knife, but said that the situation warranted lethal force regardless. He said he was carrying a baton and pepper spray.
Audio and a transcript of the incident showed Steven McNew, who voluntarily trained another 40 hours to become certified in crisis intervention, told Anderson to tase Lyles seconds before the officers fired shots. "I don't have a Taser," Anderson responded. The Seattle Times on Saturday reported that the Office of the Professional Accountability is currently investigating Anderson for the policy violation.
The city council will hold a public hearing at 6pm on Tuesday.
Senate Republicans and House Democrats are still playing their game of chicken as they face a government shutdown on Saturday. They have yet to come up with a solution to the McCleary decision, a Supreme Court mandate for the state to fund basic education, which led to local jurisdictions heavily relying on local levies. According to the Office of Financial Management, 32,000 state employees would get temporary layoff notices.
What exactly would a government shutdown mean? It would affect about 2.2 million individuals' health care services; child support offices would close; more than 50,000 older residents would not get meal services; more than 10,000 legal immigrants wouldn't get food assistance; and 12,000 people with disabilities would lose vocational rehab services. To name a few. Here's the full list.
The GOP Health Care Plan
The CBO score, a financial forecast expected Monday, could make or break the Senate Republicans' unpopular health care bill that GOP leaders want Congress to pass before the July 4 recess under reconciliation, a fast-track process that doesn't require a public hearing or committee hearing.
Senator Patty Murray said the legislation would "gut Medicaid" and has been staunchly opposed to the law since its inception.
Republican leaders have done everything possible to prevent people from being involved in their health care process. And it’s deplorable. pic.twitter.com/QCqX61ZQI7— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) June 22, 2017