Women Making History

6 Seattle Luminaries on Their First Big Wins

From judicial prowess to championship bona fides.

11/26/2019 By Allison Williams, Allecia Vermillion, and Lily Hansen

Police Accountability

DOJ Joins Seattle, Says City Is Compliant with Consent Decree

A favorable ruling from U.S. District Judge James Robart would allow the Seattle Police Department to move on to the next phase of reform.

10/13/2017 By Manola Secaira

Police Accountability

Seattle: We Are Compliant with Consent Decree

The city is asking the court to declare it fully compliant with the 2012 Department of Justice demands on police reform.

09/29/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Morning Fizz

Thursday Fizz: Substantially Intact

Thursday Fizz featuring city hall staffing decisions, minimum wage decisions, and oil train demands.

05/29/2014 By Morning Fizz

City Hall

SPD Patrol Officers File Civil Rights Suit Against DOJ-Imposed Use of Force Policies

126 SPD officers have filed a federal lawsuit against the city and the Department of Justice, charging that federally-mandated use of force policies violate their rights and endanger officers and civilians.

05/28/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Murray Announces SPD Shakeups

Mayor Ed Murray announces a new interim police chief, and a new search process for a permanent chief.

01/08/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

The DOJ vs. the Mayor

Caffeinated News & Gossip: Did the mayor have to fight for the Community Police Commission? And if so, what'd he get?

10/28/2013 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: "Personally Skeptical"

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring spats and complaints.

10/24/2013 By Morning Fizz

City Hall

McGinn: Council Members "Play Politics with Public Safety"

Mayor Mike McGinn, defending his initial opposition to police monitor, accuses council members of "playing politics with public safety."

02/11/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

DelBene Pulls Ahead, Gay Marriage Camp Pulls in $2.5 Million from Bezos

Caffeinated News and Gossip featuring: Suzan DelBene, Jeff Bezos, and the SPD.

07/27/2012 By Morning Fizz

This Washington

Legislator Tries to Block DOJ Takeover of SPD

UPDATED: State legislator who serves on the Seattle police force tries to block a potential federal takeover of the Seattle Police Department.

01/20/2012 By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee


Feds Won't File Civil Rights Charges Against Ian Birk

Feds won't charge cop who shot John T. Williams.

01/13/2012 By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee

On Other Blogs

Portland Police Make Changes After DOJ Smacks Seattle

Portland police, also facing DOJ investigation, make changes after feds clobber SPD.

01/04/2012 By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee

Morning Fizz

It's Called the Occupy Movement

Thursday Edition: A little year-end analysis from us (and from readers), plus the latest on the DOJ and the SPD.

12/22/2011 By Morning Fizz


Cops Question DOJ Take On Domestic Violence Arrest

Police Question DOJ Example of Excessive Force

12/21/2011 By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee


McGinn Orders SPD to Make Changes Outlined by DOJ

McGinn orders SPD to fix supervision problems in the department.

12/21/2011 By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee


Civil Rights Groups Want Tougher Talk From McGinn on SPD

Civil rights groups want tougher talk from McGinn on SPD.

12/21/2011 By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee


What Changes Do the Feds Want to See At SPD?

Breaking down the DOJ's proposed changes for the Seattle Police Department.

12/19/2011 By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee


DOJ Jolt: Winners & Losers

Today's winners and losers in the DOJ investigation.

12/16/2011 By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee


Chief Diaz: "Department Is Not Broken"

SPD Top Brass Question Findings of DOJ Probe.

12/16/2011 By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee