In year marked by deadly hate crimes, SPD says will ‘err on the side of caution’ on bias
Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014 – 11:40 am by jseattle
In a year with two of the most horrendous hate crime incidents in the city’s history, Seattle Police officials provided their annual update on bias crime to the City Council Monday morning.
Assistant Chief Nick Metz told the council that directives at SPD have shifted to “err on the side of caution.”
“If somebody says they believe an action is biased related, we’re going to act on that,” Metz said.
The annual number of reported, investigated bias crimes in the city is relatively low compared to other types of assaults or threats.
In the East Precinct covering Capitol Hill, SPD says there have been 10 incidents investigated in the area with the majority of those happening in Pike/Pine.
CHS has mapped nine of the ten 2014 reports below. A tenth occurred in recent weeks in an incident at R Place that has not yet been widely reported. In that incident, Metz said a “young man” threatened patrons at the club, making “some threats” and “made gestures he had gun.” “Our officers immediately responded and made an arrest,” Metz said. UPDATE: More details on the arrest have been added to the end of this post.
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