SPD Statement Regarding Withdrawal of Media Subpoena

The city of Seattle has withdrawn the subpoena requesting raw media footage from the May 30th events that encompassed the theft of firearms and arson of several police vehicles. As we have previously stated, at all times we followed the legal process set forth in state law for obtaining evidence of precisely this type.  However, based on the Supreme Court’s decision to delay any ruling on the media’s appeal until later next year, and in light of excellent work by the assigned case detective in the interim, the department agreed that the prudent decision would be to withdraw the subpoena from the court.

This remains an open and active investigation regarding the theft of police firearms. The department encourages anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.