Power Lines

Bruce Harrell's Fight For Body Cams

For council member Bruce Harrell, the fight for police body cameras was personal. But now the real debate begins.

02/02/2015 By Josh Feit


Meet Kathleen O'Toole, Seattle's New Crime Fighter

Can the new chief save the Seattle Police Department from itself?

10/01/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

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

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

Tactical Maneuvers

Hempfest Doritos: They're All Nacho Cheese Flavor

Apparently Seattle police have something against the obviously superior cool Ranch.

08/17/2013 By Allecia Vermillion


SPD Takes Steps to Diversify

But the need for change to the department’s culture will start beneath the skin.

07/01/2013 By Matthew Halverson

Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: Homecoming

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring flaws, settlements, and invitations.

05/28/2013 By Morning Fizz


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: 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

On Other Blogs Today

On Other Blogs Today: Drones, Tolls, and Taxes

Our daily roundup.

01/24/2013 By Erica C. Barnett


Inside Seattle Police’s Drone Program

The unmanned aerial vehicles have yet to take off, but here’s what you need to know when they do.

12/19/2012 By Karen Taylor Quinn

City Hall

SPD Releases Controversial Punching Video

In response to a lawsuit, the Seattle Police Department has released a video in which an officer punches an uncooperative hit-and-run suspect.

11/27/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

On Other Blogs

On Other Blogs Today: Cops, Conspiracies, and Complaints

Our daily roundup.

11/21/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


Banning Cars on Third Avenue

What if we turned Seattle’s Third Ave over to pedestrians and cyclists?

10/08/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


Trade Secrets: Beat the Traffic

Airborne traffic guru Paul Tosch offers tips on how to navigate jammed interstates.

10/08/2012 By Danielle Zorn

City Hall

One Question for Tim Burgess

City council member Tim Burgess responds to the mayor's plan to hire 10 new cops over the next two years. Image via Downtown Seattle Association.

09/27/2012 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

Police Oversight Director's Position Still in Limbo

City council member Bruce Harrell says he hasn't gotten an explanation of Mayor Mike McGinn's foot-dragging on police oversight director Kathryn Olson's reappointment.

08/21/2012 By Erica C. Barnett