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Interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel: "How We Got Here, How I Feel About It, Doesn't Matter."

PubliCola sits down with interim Seattle police chief Jim Pugel, who will take over when current chief John Diaz steps down at the end of May.

04/11/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Afternoon Jolt

Afternoon Jolt: Mayoral Candidates Respond to Diaz News

Candidate statements on Diaz tell us a great deal about the race to come.

04/08/2013 By Josh Feit

City Hall

Police Chief John Diaz Stepping Down

Embattled SPD Chief John Diaz announces that he's stepping down.

04/08/2013 By Erica C. Barnett


Should Seattle Police’s John Diaz Stay or Go?

Mayoral candidates are split on what to do with the embattled chief.

03/20/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

McGinn Proposes Extra $15 Million in Public-Safety Spending Over Next Two Years

Mayor Mike McGinn has proposed spending an additional $15 million, including funding for 10 new officers, over the next two years.

09/14/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

McGinn, SPD Assess Fallout from May Day Protests

Mayor Mike McGinn and SPD assess the fallout from yesterday's May Day protests.

05/02/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

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Photo of the Day

An anti-SPD sign sprouts on the seventh floor of City Hall.

02/27/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

The Only Landslide Victory

Thursday Edition. Caffeinated news & gossip starring: Health care reform opponent Rob McKenna; school board candidate Kate Martin; and SPD Chief John Diaz.

09/29/2011 By Morning Fizz

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Civil Rights Committee: SPD Needs More Transparency, Cultural Sensitivity

Yesterday the city council's civil rights committee held a packed public hearing on the fatal police shooting of John T. Williams

09/16/2010 By Tiffany Vu

City Hall

McGinn Clarifies City's Taser Policy

Mayor Mike McGinn explains why Seattle Police Department officer Ian Birk was not equipped with a Taser when he shot and killed John T. Williams, a Native American carver, at the corner of Boren and Howell two days ago.

09/01/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


Afternoon Jolt! The Day's Winners and Losers

Afternoon jolt: PubliCola picks today's political winner (Jay Inslee) and loser (the city of Seattle).

08/09/2010 By Afternoon Jolt

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PubliCola TV: City Attorney Pete Holmes

PubliCola sits down with city attorney Pete Holmes to talk police chief selection, his efforts to scale back prosecutions for driving with a suspended license, and his legal feud with state AG Rob McKenna.

07/07/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

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McGinn Claim that He's Implementing First Police Foot Patrols is Off Base

Mayor McGinn's claims, incorrectly, that under his watch the city is implementing police foot patrols for the first time.

06/28/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

The C is for Crank

Diaz: The Best Choice, Under the Circumstances

John Diaz, Mayor Mike McGinn's choice for police chief, wasn't the best candidate for the job. But he was the better of the two men left standing.

06/24/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

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It's Official: John Diaz is McGinn's Pick for Police Chief

Mayor Mike McGinn finally makes it official: Interim Seattle Police Chief John Diaz is his pick for permanent chief. Now the appointment moves to the city council for the confirmation process.

06/24/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

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McGinn Proposes Moving Cops to Belltown

Mayor Mike McGinn proposes redeploying cops to Belltown, site of two recent high-profile shootings, but says the city can't afford any additional police officers.

06/22/2010 By Erica C. Barnett