Category Archives: Public Safety

News Gleam: Police Shoot Man Suspected of Domestic Violence In Columbia City

by Emerald Staff


A Seattle Police officer shot a man Wednesday afternoon in the Columbia City neighborhood, after the man allegedly fired a gun and assaulted his partner during a domestic violence incident. Soon thereafter, the man took off with the couple’s one-year-old daughter, according to a spokesperson with the Seattle Police Department (SPD).

SPD says they received a call just before 2:15 p.m. that reported a man and woman arguing at the Rainier Playfield near 37th Avenue South and South Oregon Street. The man reportedly fired a gun, and then took their infant daughter before fleeing on foot.

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For Domestic Abuse Survivors, Staying Home Has Its Own Dangers

by Carolyn Bick


Author’s Note: If you are in crisis or need help, scroll down to find a list of helplines and resources at the end of this story.

Years ago, Ariel Gliboff fled her abuser by getting on a plane, and flying far away. It was hard enough then, she said. But now, with a stay-home order in place for Washington State?

“Honestly, this situation we are currently in is worst-case,” said Gliboff, the Redmond-based host of The Domestic Violence Discussion podcast. “I hopped on a plane, and I left the state, and that was how I escaped. And if I were looking to that these days, with the restrictions on flying and even public transportation — even on buses — that would just limit my options on how I would leave.” 

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Rainier Avenue Undergoes Safety Improvements; Some Residents Say It Took Too Long

by Leija Farr

According to the city of Seattle, “Over the last 10 years, there have been nearly 3,600 total collisions along Rainier Ave S.” As population grows, safety along Rainier Avenue is becoming more jeopardized. It’s an issue that impacts drivers as well as pedestrians.

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“I don’t think any child should be in a jail” — An Interview With Daron Morris

by Guy Oron

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity

Daron Morris is a 20-year public defender. He is running for King County Prosecutor to unseat Dan Satterberg, a two-and-a-half-term incumbent. I sat down with Morris in a Beacon Hill coffee shop to ask him about his background and stance on important issues affecting Seattle’s South End.

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Protestors Amass at ICE Headquarters for Deadline to Reunite Families

by Neal McNamara

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

On deadline day for President Donald Trump’s administration to reunite families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, a group of more than 100 protesters demonstrated outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in downtown Seattle Thursday morning.

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Durkan Picks Carmen Best as New Seattle Police Chief

by Neal McNamara

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

SEATTLE, WA — Carmen Best was selected as the new Seattle police chief, according to Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office. Durkan will make the selection official at a press conference scheduled for [today] Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

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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 Patch.com 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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