Blue Byline

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Tag: police brutality


Where criminal justice is a misnomer

Over the years police officers listen to an endless string of complaints about poor police conduct from “dissatisfied customers.” While a tiny fraction may be justified, the vast majority of these allegations have no merit.

Too many countries, however, cannot make a similar claim. In the Middle East Egyptian police are implicated in the rapes and murderous rampages which occurred during the Arab Spring protests, while the fledgling Afghanistan force has been rocked by infiltration and fratricide since its inception. The world is filled with similar examples.

Closer to home, Mexican law enforcement has a reputation for corruption second to

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Answering the SPD question

Over the last few weeks several people have asked me pointed questions about what they perceive as a disturbing phenomenon in Seattle. The issue they were pondering was what, exactly, is going on with the Seattle Police Department.

In the last year or more SPD has been the target of an ongoing series of allegations involving excessive force and unprofessional behavior by rank and file officers. These incidents, most of which have been captured by cell phone video cameras, have drawn the attention of department critics, the media, and more recently, federal investigators at the Department of Justice.

These factors

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