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Police shooting in Capitol Hill

Seattle police shot a man in Capitol Hill last night. Police say they were responding to reports of a suicidal man with a gun when he started shooting at the officers. The officers returned fire. 

No police officers were injured. The man was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

SPD's Force Investigation Team, the Office of Police Accountability, and the Office of the Inspector General all reported to the scene, as is standard. The King County Sheriff's Office is also investigating, in line with I-940's new independent investigation requirements. 


Seattle pays $160,000 to settle police use of force lawsuit

The city paid nearly $160,000 to settle a lawsuit after an SPD officer tackled a handcuffed man in a holding cell back in 2015. 

The officer who tackled the man has a long history of discipline. For this incident, he's been given a 30 day unpaid suspension. According to the Seattle Times, "It was (the officers) third 30-day suspension in a 25-year career with SPD that included a controversial off-duty shooting near Pike Place Market in 2006 and a drunken-driving conviction in 2010." 

Read the Seattle Times article and watch the video here.


KOMO special claims "Seattle is Dying"

KOMO News ran a hour-long editorial this weekend calling for long jail sentences and prison-based treatment for homeless people dealing with drug and mental health issues. 

This piece is prompting a lot of discussion and will be discussed by the CPC in upcoming meetings. 

It's also worth noting the original Department of Justice investigation, which led to the Consent Decree, found when Seattle police used excessive force, it was often used against people under the influence of drugs or with mental illness.

We have concerns that this call for incarceration and more arrests as a doorway to help will put pressure on SPD to return to the dynamics the DOJ called out. The CPC will be having further discussions about how to best ensure that doesn't happen, even as the legitimate concerns about health and safety do need to be addressed. 


The CPC goes to Denver

Members of the CPC just got back from a Denver visit to learn about a youth outreach program there called "Kids and Cops" that's showing signs of success. 

The hope is to learn new techniques for facilitating better communication between Seattle area youth and the Seattle Police Department. 

One CPC commissioner and two CPC staff members met with Denver experts. They were joined by Dominique Davis of Community Passageways and Oscar Gardea from SPD's Collaborative Policing Bureau.


Muslim Voices 2020: A Community Conversation

CAIR Washington is hosting an event to discuss hate crimes, surveillance technology, immigration, civic engagement, and more. CAIR will be joined by three members of the state legislature. 

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. 

Click here to learn more and register.

Merrick Bob, Seattle's court-appointed consent decree monitor

Former Seattle police chief joins

AI ethics board

Kathleen O'Toole, Seattle's former police chief, joined the AI ethics board of Axon, the company most famous for manufacturing Tasers and body cameras. 

Axon says the board meets twice a year to discuss the ethical implications of AI-powered technologies they're developing. 


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