May Day 2012 marked a day of protest around the world. In the U.S. these protests were particularly large in cities like New York, Oakland, and San Francisco. But the May Day activities in Seattle made front page news, not because of the large numbers or some positive change they effected, but because the failed and allegedly violent police response. [Read more…]Charged with a crime in Washington? Call now. (888) 246-5778.
The Seattle Police Department is in a period of change. It has been criticized for having a culture of brutality, and now the feds are stepping in. The Department of Justice determined after an extensive investigation that the city had engaged in a “pattern of excessive force,” and now the city will be under the oversight of an independent monitor as they try to clean up their own mess. [Read more…]
Just short of the July 31 deadline, Seattle officials agreed to the terms offered by the Justice Department—requiring federal oversight and reforms. Had the department not agreed, the feds were threatening a lawsuit. Now, Seattle residents can hope that significant changes will be made in an effort to repair a broken relationship between the department and the people they are paid to protect. [Read more…]