City Officials Ask State to Pull Troubled Nightclub’s Liquor License After Weekend Shooting

Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle Police Department and City Attorney Pete Holmes have asked the state liquor board to suspend a University District nightclub’s license after three people were wounded in a gunfight as the club closed last weekend. The troubled Fusion Ultra Lounge has frequently been the site of brawls, shootings and other violence, drawing significant police resources on already-busy […]
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(Update) Police Seek Person of Interest In University District Break-Ins

Update: Police have identified, interviewed and released the man seen in a video that was made public earlier today. The stated ‘person of interest’ recognized himself in the video and pictures. Officers interviewed the man after he self-reported to the nearest precinct. Detectives will continue to investigate other recent incidents in the University District as mentioned in […]
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Chief O’Toole Responds to New OPA Auditor’s Report by Reiterating Commitment to Reform

The Seattle Police Department is absolutely committed to reform and accountability. We are well underway as noted in the Federal Monitor’s most recent report. We will continue to follow the Mayor’s lead and work collaboratively with the CPC, the OPA Director and the OPA Auditor to enhance accountability further.
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Chief O’Toole Announces New Social Media Policy

The Seattle Police Department is working tirelessly to rebuild community trust and restore pride in our organization. It’s unfortunate that behavior on social media by a few has contributed to the erosion of our collective efforts. Moving forward, I want to be certain that employees are clear regarding my expectations for professional conduct on social […]
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SPD Accomplishes Milestone on the Road to Compliance

On the heels of Mayor Ed Murray’s state of the city address where he promised continued reforms related to bias-free policing, the Seattle Police Department released a Request for Proposal (RFP) yesterday for a new business intelligence computer system, accomplishing a key milestone on the road to compliance with the 2012 settlement agreement with the […]
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Detectives Investigating Early Morning Break-Ins In University District

Seattle police are investigating a series of early-morning break-ins near the University of Washington campus. Police responded to 911 calls from three different houses between 4:25 and 4:45 AM Tuesday from residents in the 4700 blocks of 18th and 19th Avenue NE and 5000 block of 19th NE. In one case, a woman awoke to […]
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Police Increase Patrols Around West Seattle Schools

Seattle police have increased patrols in West Seattle and are working with other city agencies to ensure students are safe on their way to and from school. The increased patrols come as detectives investigate a series of robberies and thefts targeting middle and high school students in West Seattle. The suspects have stolen backpacks, cellphones and small amounts of cash from a half-dozen […]
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Chief Orders Review, Transfers Officer As Department Moves Forward With Reform

Until yesterday I was unaware of Officer Whitlatch’s Facebook posts. I was shocked and disappointed to read her comments. We are working to reform the Seattle Police Department, and behavior of this nature seriously undermines our efforts. Today, I have taken these immediate steps: I have ordered a comprehensive review of the cases involving this […]
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Chief O’Toole Orders Review Of Officer Conduct, Supervision

Today I heard many concerns from community members about the conduct of an SPD officer assigned to the East Precinct. These concerns are related to two incidents that occurred during the summer of 2014, one of which was detailed previously by our department. I have directed East Precinct commander Captain Pierre Davis to prepare a […]
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