The Shooting of John T. Williams, 10 Years Later

A decade ago, a Seattle police officer killed Rick Williams's brother, a celebrated Native woodcarver. Nothing will ever be the same for Rick—or the city he calls home.

08/26/2020 By James Ross Gardner Photography by Lindsey Wasson

Editor's Note

Serve and Protect

10/01/2014 By James Ross Gardner


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


PubliCalendar Picks: John T. Williams Memorial Event

Today's PubliCalendar must.

08/30/2011 By Lummy Lin

Visual Art

New Seattle Public Art: John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole Project

The project honoring the death of a talented woodcarver is near completion.

08/30/2011 By Lisa Han


The Carver’s Life

John T. Williams was the most gifted in a long line of Native American woodcarvers. A talented artist and colorful storyteller, he made striking totem poles even while succumbing to drink and life on the streets. On the day of his violent death last Augus

04/22/2011 By Neal Thompson

On Other Blogs

Seattle Times: Officer Ian Birk Didn't Warn Williams

Birk's testimony, along with the first witnesses, in the inquest into the fatal shooting of John T. Williams.

01/12/2011 By Bryce McKay

City Hall

Protesters March to City Hall for Williams

Three hundred protesters marched into City Hall yesterday to demand justice for the death of John T. Williams. Their wish to speak to Mayor McGinn was granted.

09/17/2010 By Tiffany Vu


From the John T. Williams Protest: Asking for Dialogue

We're working on a full write-up of yesterday's march for John T. Williams and the demonstration at City Hall. But here's a teaser from the opening rally.

09/17/2010 By Tiffany Vu

City Hall

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