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When Police Shoot Dogs
4:45 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

When Police Shoot Dogs, The Constitution Might Have Something To Say About It

Video screengrab from the February dog shooting incident in Filer, Idaho.
Credit Filer Police Department

A handful of recent incidents where police have shot pet dogs in Idaho have angered animal rights advocates. One dog owner in the small town of Filer has issued notice that he intends to sue the city over the death of his dog, Hooch. As Jessica Robinson reports, pet owners do have legal recourse in these situations, and, in fact, a body of federal court rulings to back them up.

One basis for lawsuits like the one in Filer is the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Federal courts have determined dogs are property and killing them may count as unreasonable seizure.

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Idaho Marijuana Laws
7:58 am
Tue July 8, 2014

As Washington Pot Goes On Sale, Idaho Cops Worry About Cross-Border Shopping Trips

106 pounds of confiscated pot.
Credit Idaho State Police

Recreational marijuana goes on sale Tuesday in Washington state. But police across the border in Idaho and Oregon say that doesn't mean the pot will stay there. Law enforcement worry people will try to sneak pot products across the border – or worse, the legal market in Washington will seep into the black-market. Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports from Idaho, where the contrast in pot laws is especially stark.

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Seattle Pacific Shooting
8:07 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Seattle Pacific University Student Subdues, Disarms Gunman

Seattle Police say it was a Seattle Pacific University Student who disarmed a gunman on campus Thursday.

Police have arrested the man they believe killed one person and wounded three others. At this point police believe the gunman acted alone and was not a student at the university. KUOW's Patricia Murphy reports.

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Washington Police
5:26 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Stopped By A Trooper? Don’t Reach For Your Registration

The Washington State Patrol is reminding drivers what to do and not do if you’re stopped.
Credit Washington State Patrol

The summer driving season is approaching. That means road trips and family adventures. But also the chance of getting pulled over by the police for speeding or some other moving violation. The Washington State Patrol is reminding drivers what to do and not do if you’re stopped.

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Fictitious Driver's Licenses
5:36 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Washington’s Fictitious Driver’s License Program Larger Than First Reported

A new report reveals the state of Washington issued nearly 3,000 fictitious driver’s licenses to police agencies over the last 25 years.
Credit Washington Department of Licensing

A new report reveals the state of Washington issued nearly 3,000 fictitious driver’s licenses to police agencies over the last 25 years. That’s nearly twice as many as originally reported by the Washington Department of Licensing.

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Smartphone Technology
6:25 am
Mon January 13, 2014

App By WSU Team Lets Cops Know When They’re Fatigued

Criminal justice professor Bryan Vila wears an actigraph, a movement-monitoring device. The BeSharp app uses data from the device to determine alertness.
Jessica Robinson

Researchers at Washington State University say the same kind of self-tracking technology that's become popular among smartphone users could also help police officers stay safer on the job. On Tuesday, a criminal justice professor will debut an app at a White House conference that monitors alertness.

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Reserve Officer Slain
4:36 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Slain Officer Puts Role Of Reserve Police In Spotlight

Oregon City Reserve Officer Robert Libke.
Oregon City Police Department

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 4:45 pm

The death of an Oregon police officer this week spotlights a little known element of Northwest law enforcement: volunteer reserve officers who put their lives on the line for little or no pay.

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Police Surveillance
6:10 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Unregulated Police Surveillance Catches Crime In Spokane

Automatic license plate readers are installed on two Spokane police vehicles.
Credit Paige Browning

Regulating government surveillance in Spokane took the spotlight in Monday’s city council meeting. But the newest, flashiest police equipment is being ignored under city regulations.

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Parole Board Decision
6:20 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Oregon Parole Board To Re-examine Decision To Release Cop Killer

An Oregon man convicted of killing a police officer more than 20 years ago will stay behind bars for at least a few more months. The Oregon Board of Parole said Tuesday that it will re-examine its decision to release Sidney Dean Porter. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman has details on the case.

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May Day Olympia
6:55 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Police And May Day Protestors Face-Off In Olympia

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 11:19 am

In Olympia, May Day protesters faced-off with police in riot gear Wednesday night. But the two sides did not clash. A group of about 50 mostly young people – some of them wearing face masks - marched for more than an hour through the streets of downtown Olympia, disrupting traffic.

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