Category Archives: Public Safety

Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) Report on the King County Sheriff’s Office

by Neal McNamara

SEATTLE, WA — The King County Sheriff’s Office should revise its internal investigations complaint process, an independent group has found. The county’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) asked the Connecticut-based Daigle Law Group to assess the effectiveness of the complaint process, and the report was presented to the King County Council Law and Justice Committee on Tuesday. Continue reading Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) Report on the King County Sheriff’s Office

At Forum, SPD Chief Candidates Answer Tough Questions On Race

by Neal McNamara

(This article originally appeared on and has been republished with permission.)

SEATTLE, WA — The three candidates for the open Seattle police chief job met the public Wednesday night at a forum at the Seattle Vocational Institute in the heart of the Central District. The police reform group Not This Time organized the event, which was largely an opportunity for Seattle’s black community to ask the candidates about issues like racism, profiling, and officer-involved shootings.

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Red Flag Laws Should Not Target Mental Illness

by Brian Bergen-Aurand

Following last week’s murder of five journalists at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, several more states have passed or are seriously considering passing “red flag laws” or Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs). Such laws allow police officers, family members, and domestic or intimate partners to petition courts to temporarily remove firearms from a person they claim may present a danger to themselves or others. A judge determines the validity and (if so deemed) length of the removal. Many states limit the restriction to a maximum of one year and allow for appeals.

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Woman Shot During Rainier View Home Invasion Robbery

by Emerald Staff

(Update 3/10/18 at 12:42pm)

The Emerald talked with community members in Skyway and Rainier View Saturday morning about the home invasion robbery. Many expressed disgust that the shooting targeted at a 71-year old female.

Christina, a long-time Skyway resident, said, “It doesn’t bother me too much, that shit happens in Skyway.” She said the situation used to be better when the community still came together for Skyway Days. “It happens everywhere, it’s just a drug epidemic right now.”

Two men who wished to remain anonymous explained that incidents like the one that happened on Tuesday make it worse for African American men in the community. One explained that as a black man, if he enters a situation with strangers of another race he will be regarded with fear until he takes the initiative to engage in friendly conversation.

Seattle police are still investigating the incident.

(Update 3/8/18 at 3:42pm)

Seattle detectives have located additional surveillance photos of one of the suspects and their vehicle. Detectives now believe they were driving a red 2008-2010 Kia Spectra with aftermarket wheels.

Detectives are advising residents to please call 911 immediately should they spot the vehicle, and to not approach the car. Should anyone have any additional information about this case they can contact Robbery Detective Mike Magan at (206) 684-5540


(Update 3/7/18 at 1:22pm)

Seattle investigators have releasing home surveillance video from a nearby residence that depicts a suspect vehicle detectives believe was used in yesterday’s Renton Avenue South home invasion robbery.

It is believed that a third, unidentified suspect was driving a red or maroon 4 door sedan that the suspects got out of and then were later picked up in. It appears that the right front hubcap of the suspect vehicle is missing.

The two suspects that entered the home are described as being in their late teens to early twenties. The physical and clothing description remain the same.

The victim remains hospitalized.

Original post below:

Seattle detectives are currently investigating a home invasion robbery that occurred Tuesday afternoon in the South Seattle neighborhood of Rainier View.  A 71-year-old female was shot in the shoulder and pistol-whipped by the suspects.

Shortly before 4:00 pm, officers responded to a residence in the 10700 block of Renton Avenue South on a report of a home invasion robbery.  Seattle Fire responded and transported the female victim to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. She is expected to make a full recovery.

Officers are searching for two suspects.  The first suspect is described as a light-skinned black male in his late teens.  He is described as 6′ tall, wearing a white jacket and white pants and armed with a black handgun.  The second suspect is also described as a light-skinned black teen, 5’6″, skinny, wearing a blue jacket and dark pants.  He has a mustache.

The suspects were last seen running southbound from the house.

Currently, K-9 teams are conducting a track searching for the suspects.  King County Sheriff’s deputies have also been notified of the call.

The Emerald will update this story as information becomes available.

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