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Starbucks: The New Homeless & Addict Campground?

“I’ve definitely done it. So I don’t see a problem with it,” said Nicole McDonald.

“I think it should have always been that way, especially because of the way racism is you know,” said Desiree Mollere.

But some customers have other concerns.

“If you go into a business and you just sit there and you don’t buy anything you are taking up space at the table,” said Melrose Larry Green.

“You could end up having a squatters problem where you just have people coming and staying. I mean if they are going to do that they need to limit how long people can stay in there,” said Joe Selva.

“I’ve definitely done it. So I don’t see a problem with it,” said Nicole McDonald.

“I think it should have always been that way, especially because of the way racism is you know,” said Desiree Mollere.

But some customers have other concerns.

“If you go into a business and you just sit there and you don’t buy anything you are taking up space at the table,” said Melrose Larry Green.

“You could end up having a squatters problem where you just have people coming and staying. I mean if they are going to do that they need to limit how long people can stay in there,” said Joe Selva.

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Public urged to line procession route for fallen Pierce Co. Sheriff’s Deputy

Public urged to line procession route for fallen Pierce Co. Sheriff’s Deputy


TACOMA, Wash. – The public is urged to line the procession route on Wednesday as law enforcement escort the body of fallen Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel McCartney to a memorial service at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.

“Please come out – we can’t put into words how much it means to the family and to all of the first responders who will be participating in the memorial,” the Sheriff’s office wrote in a message on their Facebook Page.

The procession will begin around 11:00 a.m. at the North Gate of Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The Sherrif’s office said the procession will then follow this route:

Leave Joint Base Lewis-McChord North Gate
East on 112th Street S.
South on Steele Street S.
East on Cross-Base Highway (State Route 704)
North on Pacific Avenue
West on Tule Lake Road S.
North on Yamika Avenue S.
West on 124th Street S.
Arrive at Pacific Lutheran University
The procession is set to arrive at PLU’s Olson Auditorium at 11:45 a.m.

The memorial is open to the public but parking won’t be available on site.

For those who would like to attend to attend, parking will be available at the Church of All Nations located at 111 112th Street E. in Tacoma. Shuttle service will leave the church and head the PLU campus starting at 11:15 a.m.

The memorial is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.

Govenor Jay Inslee has also ordered all state agencies to lower Washington state and U.S. flags to half-staff on Wednesday in honor of Deputy McCartney.

RELATED | New Pierce County Sheriff’s K9 named after fallen deputy Daniel McCartney

McCartney was shot and killed on Jan. 7 while investigating a home-invasion burglary in Frederickson. He is survived by a wife and three young sons.

A legacy fund that has been set up to help McCartney’s family. Donations can be made at any Tapco or TwinStar Credit Union or online through Tacoma/Pierce County Crime Stoppers.

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What’s behind Seattle’s steep rise in rape reports


Seattle police have noted a 55 percent increase in the number of reported rapes in 2016 over the same time last year. There is no easy explanation, but victims may be feeling more empowered to share their stories, according to one police commander.


Information on resources and help for rape victims is available from the King County Sexual Assault Resource Network,

The Seattle Police Department’s Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit can be reached at 206-684-5575 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Mayor Murray addresses police reform and accountability

Mayor Murray addresses police reform and accountability
July 7, 2016 by Office of the Mayor

Today, Mayor Ed Murray delivered the following remarks regarding the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, and police reform and accountability:


As I have said many times before, the issue of race and racism is the greatest challenge we face as a country, particularly as racism impacts the black community.

This week, within 24 hours, two black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling were killed by police officers.

I am deeply disturbed by police action resulting in the death of any person. And today my thoughts are with the victims’ families, children, and loved ones during this extremely difficult and sad time.


I know the black community are walking with a heavy heart and a sense of outrage, injustice and fear. Had Castile or Sterling been white, I believe they would still be here with us today.

Their deaths are two in a long line of tragedies that feed mistrust between communities of color and the police, particularly the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and children of black men.

As I have said on the night of the Ferguson grand jury verdict, we cannot let this gulf of mistrust divide us and continue to cause this fear and pain.


This is why we must get police reform right in Seattle.

The Department of Justice should lead the investigations into these killings.

The shooting deaths of black men at the hands of police have brought the attention of the Department of Justice to many cities across the nation, including our own.

Since I became mayor, this City has been committed to working with the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and the federal courts to make dramatic reforms in the Seattle Police Department to comply with the federally mandated consent decree.


In partnership with the Department of Justice and the Federal Monitor that oversees our consent decree, we are creating a model Force Review Board that is being replicated across the country.

The Force Review Board reviews every serious use of force by a Seattle Police Officer. And present at every Force Review Board are representatives from the Department of Justice, the Monitoring Team, a civilian representative from the Office of Professional Accountability, and a citizen observer.

So unlike Minneapolis or Louisiana, the Department of Justice is already here, and we are working with them closely to create best practices in reviewing police uses of force.

Where other jurisdictions are just now contemplating where to start, we are already well down the road of reform, and other cities are coming to us to learn from our experience.

In fact, Chief O’Toole is in D.C. today at the Center of Policing Equity to speak at an event sponsored by the Department of Justice about the issues of race and policing.

In the coming months, I will send legislation to Seattle City Council that will expand and strengthen civilian oversight and independent review of the Seattle Police Department.

It is my goal to create a permanent citizen oversight commission that is the strongest in this city’s history.

It is my goal to create a more independent director of the police accountability process, on the model of the ethics and elections commission, which is completely independent of the mayor and council.

It is my goal to create a stronger auditor of the police discipline process on the model of an inspector general, with greater authority to investigate complaints.

And we will use a community process similar to the one used to hire Chief O’Toole to hire for these new roles.

As we move forward, our conversation cannot be about blaming black men, it must be about changing our institutions and systems.

As a white man, I stand as an ally in solidary with the black community.

But I cannot pretend to know their experience.

I cannot know the experience of black men and women everywhere, who live everyday with the fear that one small action of their part could make them the next victim.

I cannot know the experience of raising a black child in our society, and the daily worry that today might be the day they do not come home because they were taken by a bullet.

What I do know is that white Americans have work to do. We, the beneficiaries of hundreds of years of structural inequality, must use our privilege to construct a more just society.

This has been my commitment every single day as mayor.

Everything we have accomplished during my time in this office…

…pre-k, the minimum wage, transit, priority hire, parks and community centers, police reform, summer youth employment, our education summit…

…they are our response to addressing the issue of race and inequality.

To Seattle’s residents of color, your city cares about you. Your lives matter. The fact that we even need to state that Black Lives Matter is the result of our failure to address racism in our society.

To white residents of Seattle, let us work with our sisters and brothers of color to end structural and institutional racism.”

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Mayor delivers remarks on officer involved shootings

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray delivers remarks on the recent officer involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.


The California Endowment: Youth Justice Policy Board


For the California Endowment, Commonweal staffs a Youth Justice Policy Board (YJPB) of distinguished California professionals and experts in the youth justice field. The Policy Board conducts reviews of California youth justice issues, programs and policies and advises the Endowment on reform strategies.

The Policy Board has adopted two action plans:

Leadership: addresses the need for central state leadership for juvenile justice program and policy development. The focus is on building the capacity of the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) as the state’s lead agency in this regard. This action plan is being implemented via a new Board of State and Community Corrections Juvenile Justice Standing Committee (JJSC Members List) on which eight members of the Youth Justice Policy Board now serve.

Juvenile justice data and performance measures: supporting upgrades of California’s outmoded juvenile justice data systems, with the objective of improving system performance measures and raising the level and quality of juvenile justice information available to stakeholders, policymakers and the public.

Health Happens Here: The Policy Board’s agenda is linked closely to the principles and objectives of the “Health Happens Here” policy framework of the Endowment, which includes these policy reform efforts:

School discipline: The Endowment has supported a collaborative effort to change school discipline policies that result in the needless suspension and expulsion of pupils who are predominantly youth of color. In 2012, this effort led to the adoption of a legislative package that revised suspension and expulsion procedures in California.

Trauma informed care: Traumatic events in children’s lives have an adverse impact on their personal, social and educational success. Endowment grantees have collaborated to disseminate research and to train justice and school personnel on trauma-informed and trauma-responsive approaches.

Equal justice: Under the Endowment’s Boys and Men of Color (BMOC) initiative (and more recently, the Sons and Brothers collaborative), grantee organizations are taking action to implement justice system and community safety reforms to reduce disproportionate incarceration and to support positive outcomes for justice-involved youth of color.


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Can Ferguson Happen Here?

A forum held in SeaTac about the relationship between law enforcement and the community.

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Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee (4/22/14, 6:00 pm)

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee (4/22/14, 6:00 pm)

Published by Bruce Harrell at 10:09 am under Public Safety, Civil Rights, And Technology Committee

Joint Meeting Of The Public Safety, Civil Rights, And Technology Committee & Labor Committee Agenda for Wednesday, 4/22/2014, 6:00 PM

Click here to view the complete agenda:

1. Presentations by the Office of Professional Accountability Review Board (OPARB), the Community Police Commission (CPC), and the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) Civilian Auditor

BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (30 minutes, to 6:30 p.m.)
Presenters: Elizabeth Holohan, OPARB; Lisa Daugaard and Diane Narasaki, CPC; Judge Anne Levinson (ret.), OPA Civilian Auditor

2. PUBLIC HEARING on the effectiveness of the City’s Police Accountability System pursuant to Ordinance 122809

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New Captain Edwards ready to walk the beat in East Precinct

Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – 6:05 am by jseattle

With a new mayor unveiling a hand-picked cast of characters at City Hall and heads rolling among SPD’s top brass as an interim chief hopes to hang onto his job by proving Seattle policing reforms are taking hold, the East Precinct has made a quieter change at the top.


A 33-year veteran of the force, Captain Mike Edwards now leads the precinct covering Capitol Hill and the Central District replacing Captain Ron Wilson who has retired after his own 37 years as a police in Seattle.


CHS found out about Wilson’s sudden departure and the change Tuesday morning when we noticed two SPD officers on foot patrol walking E Pike and had a brief chat. The foot beat is a short term “emphasis patrol” we’re told, but it could be the kind of popular development for the department Edwards will be perfectly timed to take credit for. We’d say go for it, by the way — East Precinct foot patrols are a consistent request when CHS surveys readers about improving Capitol Hill public safety. By Tuesday afternoon, SPD’s new Capt. Edwards bio was posted:

Captain Mike Edwards began his police career with the Seattle Police Department April 16, 1980. In his previous assignment as a Captain he commanded the Education & Training Section.

As a Lieutenant he held assignments as the Investigations Procedures Committee Commander, Narcotics Commander, and the Special Assignments Commander which included the Fraud/Forgery Unit, Auto Theft Unit, Pawnshop Detail, Major Crimes Task Force and Electronic Crimes Squad. As a sergeant he was assigned to the North Emphasis Team, North Precinct Nora Sector, East Precinct George Sector, West Precinct David Sector and Traffic Section. As an officer he was a Narcotics Detective, SWAT member and worked East, West and North Precincts in patrol. He served 13 years on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Police Officer’s Guild with 6 of those years as the Guild President.

Captain Mike Edwards is the son of a career Air Force parent and has traveled extensively both domestically and abroad with his family during his father’s 26 year military service. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Texas but is the proud father of a UW Husky graduate.


Edwards says the foot patrol CHS found Tuesday is nothing new and that changes will come slowly as he acclimates to the new role and transitions out of leading the department’s training.

“Once we start getting new personnel, then there will be more noticeable changes,” Edwards said of his plans and expected influx of new academy graduates as SPD ramps up hiring.

Edwards will lead his first precinct after a career with SPD that also saw him serve as president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild from 1996 to 2002. The often controversial union was busy responding to things like SPD’s actions at the Pioneer Square Mardi Gras riot during Edwards’ tenure. In 2002, The Stranger called Edwards “a strong voice for the rank-and-file union” in the wake of controversy over the Mardi Gras violence. Current guild president Sgt. Rich O’Neill has announced he is stepping down after leading the union through one if its roughest periods following the Department of Justice’s consent decree over SPD’s use of force and treatment of minorities.

Like many among SPD’s senior ranks, Edwards has played a role in designing and implementing the department’s response to the DOJ actions. A Federal monitor cited Edwards’ work as training captain for SPD’s weekly Use of Force Review Board meetings as “admirable” in a recent report on the department’s reforms.

Mike, meanwhile, isn’t the only Edwards with more than 30 years on Seattle’s police force. His older brother William Edwards serves as director of parking enforcement.

Mike Edwards takes over an East Precinct with a diverse set of public safety challenges. The gentrified and gentrifying northern Central District’s former “open air drug markets” are now being readied for mixed-use development while the southern stretches of the precinct still face many of the old school challenges of race, poverty, class and crime. Capitol Hill, in the meanwhile, is morphing into a landscape with criminal habits and patterns more like the downtown core.

Capt. Wilson, the man Edwards replaces, moved into the command of East Precinct in summer of 2012. CHS talked with him about his new job with the smell of pepper spray still in the air following a Pride weekend clash with protesters on E Madison. He leaves after just under 18 months in the job.

Edwards will find himself with a relative wealth of resources and opportunities compared to his predecessor. For one, the fight over reforms has hopefully calmed to a dull roar. But greater will be more boots on the ground as funding has been earmarked for hiring new cops and focusing greater public safety effort on the city’s core.

“In large measure, we’re in this very unique period of time,” Edwards said. “Having gone through a lot of changes, there’s some level of stability.” He was talking about Capitol Hill and the neighborhoods that make up the East Precinct. But he also could just as easily have been talking about the department he’s been part of for more than 30 years.

This post has been updated to correct information regarding William Edwards’ history with SPD.

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Stop The Violence Day



To: Local Pastors, Ministers and Clergy
From: Project FORWARD
Re: Citywide “Stop the Violence Day” in Houston

October 9, 2013

I pray this letter reaches you in the best of health and spirits. Let me first thank you for all that you do to make our community a better place. We would like to unite with you in that effort, particularly to help stop the senseless violence that appears to be getting worse every day.

In the spirit of unity and solidarity, a group of Black men and organizations have come together and declared Sunday, October 27th, “Citywide Stop the Violence/ Respect for Life Day.” It is a day of remembrance of those who have lost their lives to senseless violence and a day of support for their families. We believe that the church plays a critical role in a unified effort to eradicate the “spirit of Cain” in our community. We must come together. None of us can do it alone.

We are humbly seeking 100 pastors of 100 churches to incorporate a message of “Stop the Violence” into their sermon on the Sunday morning of October 27th. How wonderful would it be to see us as a community speaking with ONE VOICE against this violence on the same day at the same time. We have a group of committed men who have pledged to hit the streets, as well as the airwaves, to encourage as many Black men, boys and youth as we can to attend a church on that Sunday to hear the message. We will encourage single mothers, grandmothers and others to bring their young men to the various houses of worship that day to hear this special message.

Please consider joining us in this noble effort. In doing so, you will be joining thousands across the city in sending a strong message of peace in the streets. If we save ONE LIFE in the process then our work will not have been in vain. Please join us by committing to incorporate a “Stop the Violence” message into your sermon on October 27th. Please email us at to confirm your church’s participation. Thank you.

Deloyd Parker
SHAPE Community Center

Deric Muhammad
Community Activist

Loretta Brock, Coordinator
The Great Awakening 2013
(832)572-2521 Please feel free to call her for additional info.

Note: If your church or organization is interested in being a partner in “Stop the Violence Day” please email us at

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Free DV advocacy training for volunteers (South King County)


DAWN is offering free advocacy training to individuals willing to commit to one year of volunteer service.

Topics Covered: DV in Context, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Basics, Advocacy Based Counseling, DV Movement Timeline, Safety Planning, Protective Orders, Criminal Law, Mental Health, Chemical Dependency, Trauma, Economic Justice, Abuse in Later Life, Family Law, Immigration, Religion, Self-Care, Confidentiality, Resources, Suicide, Trauma Stewardship, Interpretation, Tech Safety, Mandated Reporting, LGBTQ, Batterers Intervention Programs, Etc…

Training will take place Monday through Friday, June 17-26, 2013 from 9am-4pm in South King County.

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For paying attendees:
DV101 (24 HRS) $200, DV201 (40 HRS) $375, INDIVIDUAL CLASSES $40

For questions, please contact Betsy Ann at (425) 656-4305 ext. 2849.

Submit your registration paperwork by mailing it to: DAWN, Attn: Betsy Ann, PO Box 88007, Tukwila, WA 98138, or by faxing it to (425) 656-4309.