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May Day Seattle
6:52 am
Thu May 2, 2013

May Day Protests In Seattle Turn Ugly Again

Seattle Police officers face off against protesters downtown. In the background, an unidentified protester is hand-cuffed and placed under arrest.
Credit Deborah Wang / Northwest News Network

May Day began peacefully in Seattle with a march for immigration reform. But in the evening, hundreds of protesters clashed with police.

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Undercover IDs
7:28 am
Wed March 27, 2013

False IDs For Cops? Washington's Unauthorized Program Faces Scrutiny

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 7:51 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – For decades, police officers in Washington have been able to obtain false driver licenses for undercover work. But this quasi-secret program inside the Department of Licensing only recently came to light. It turns out the confidential ID program was never approved by the legislature. Now two state lawmakers are calling for more oversight to prevent possible abuses.

As a street cop in the early 1980s, Mitch Barker went undercover to work drugs and vice. The Washington Department of Licensing helped him assume a fake identity.

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Undercover Driver's Licenses
5:55 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

GOP Lawmakers Have Concerns About Undercover Driver’s License Program

Two Washington state lawmakers are raising questions about a quasi-secret program inside the state’s Department of Licensing. For decades, the agency has issued false IDs to undercover police officers. But the legislature never approved the program.

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Terrorism Trial
7:30 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Seattle Man Gets 18 Years For Terrorism Plot After Police Destroy Evidence

Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif (left) and Walli Mujahidh aim machine guns purchased from a police informant in 2011. Mujahidh is scheduled for sentencing on April 8.
Credit U.S. Justice Department

A Seattle man received an eighteen-year prison sentence on terrorism charges on Monday. He was convicted of plotting to attack a military installation in Seattle. KUOW’s John Ryan reports from Seattle.

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Police Searches
5:30 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Washington State Lawmakers Consider Expanding Police Search Power

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 5:23 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Police officers could search students’ lockers, backpacks and pockets without permission under a bill in the Washington legislature. The measure has already passed the Washington state Senate and was the subject of a hearing Thursday in the House.

Sen. Mike Carrell introduced the bill. He’s a former high school teacher. He says it would give trained officers greater ability to head off possible tragedies.

“We’re putting our schools, our children and our personnel at potential risk," Carrell says. "You know what has happened in schools.”

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Liquor Control Officers
6:36 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Washington Liquor Control Officers Want Full Law Enforcement Powers

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 5:58 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. –Liquor control officers in Washington say they need more authority to combat the black market for booze, cigarettes and, soon, marijuana. State lawmakers on Tuesday will take testimony on a proposal to give full police powers to liquor enforcement officers.

Washington has 56 officers who police the stores and restaurants that sell liquor and tobacco products. Now that private retailers can sell booze, there are nearly three times as many liquor licenses statewide and theft has become a significant problem.

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Spokane Crime Rate
6:14 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Police Department Hoping To Stunt Growth Of Crime In Spokane

In the final week of December, seven homicides occurred in Spokane. Chief of Police Frank Straub says crime in the city is on the rise. Paige Browning reports.

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Spokane 911
6:34 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Citizens Will Wait Less, Use Texting, With Spokane 911 Changes

Spokane County’s 911 staff will soon grow, in order to speed up answering time. Paige Browning reports six call receivers will join the call center in the new year.

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Lakewood Shootings
6:02 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Former Lakewood Officer Recalls Outpouring Of Support After Officer Slayings

The Lakewood Police Department Fallen Officer Memorial, which honors the victims of the November 29, 2009 Lakewood police officer shooting.
Credit Photo by Marques Hunter / Wikimedia Commons

This Thanksgiving weekend brings back memories of one of the most horrific police shootings in Washington history. This will be the third anniversary since four Lakewood police officers were gunned down in a coffee shop. Correspondent Austin Jenkins spoke with one of the first officers to arrive at the scene of the café shootings.

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Zehm Case Sentencing
6:06 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Former Spokane Officer Faces 4 Years In Federal Prison

A former Spokane police officer was taken away in handcuffs Thursday night, more than one year after being convicted, and more than six years after Spokane man Otto Zehm died. Paige Browning reports on Karl F. Thompson Jr.’s sentencing.

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