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

City Hall

Police, McGinn Propose "20/20" Plan for Police Reform

In response to a DOJ report finding Mayor Mike McGinn and the Seattle Police Department propose a major overhaul of

03/29/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


Police Detail Investigation Which Led to Officer's Drug Arrest

Police Detail Sting Which Led to Officer's Arrest

01/05/2012 By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee


SPD Narcotics Detective Crashes Patrol Car, Gets Arrested For DUI

UPDATED: SPD detective arrested for DUI in Mukilteo.

10/27/2011 By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee

City Hall

SPD Outlines Obstacles to Cop Cam Proposal

SPD outlines the legal and practical hurdles to putting body cameras on Seattle police officers.

09/07/2011 By Erica C. Barnett


"Council Candidate" Who Said He Was Robbed Not a Council Candidate

That "council candidate" who claims he was robbed at gunpoint isn't a council candidate, maybe wasn't robbed.

06/21/2011 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

City Hall

Council Interested in Police Body Cameras, Skeptical About Cost Savings

City Council members are intrigued by the prospect of putting cameras on police officers. But they aren't sold on claims of massive cost savings from buying the devices.

07/07/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

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