Seattle Police Officers’ Guild says yes to new deal

Seattle Police officers have voted to approve a new contract, the Seattle Times reports:

The Seattle Police Officers’ Guild (SPOG) has overwhelmingly voted to ratify a collective-bargaining contract with the city that includes long-delayed pay raises while imposing sweeping accountability reforms. The outcome of mail balloting was announced Thursday by the guild, which represents more than 1,300 officers and sergeants. Guild President Kevin Stuckey said in a news release that 1,013 of 1,059 returned ballots voted to accept the contract offer.

The contract now moves to the Seattle City Council which must approve the deal.

The union representing the department’s more than 1,300 personnel reached a compromise deal in August with the city on a new contract that will give officers solid raises while also tying further reforms to the package.

Part of the deal is expected to include an agreement on the “civilianization” of the department’s Office of Police Accountability. The boost in salary, meanwhile, will be retroactive to 2015 meaning officers will receive back pay covering the last three and a half years they have been without a contract.

‘Person of interest’ in Central District shootings reported arrested

As activists criticize Mayor Jenny Durkan and the Seattle Police Department’s decision to patrol the Central District with SWAT and K9 units in response to last week’s homicide and a wave of gun violence, the increased police presence may already be downshifted.

CHS reported Monday on the deployment SWAT officers on the streets of the Central District and outreach to civilian representatives SPD calls “violence interrupters” after the murder of 25th Ave S resident Marshall Bennett.

In a message to residents of the neighborhoods near the 25th Ave S homicide, SPD Lt. Paul Leung said Wednesday it is too early to know if SPD has its man but a “person of interest” has been arrested in Federal Way: Continue reading

Video shows ‘use of force’ arrest for fare enforcement issue aboard train in Capitol Hill Station — UPDATE

Video showing a violent tussle as four security officers attempt to subdue a man aboard a Sound Transit train Tuesday night inside Capitol Hill Station has many calling for the transit agency and King County Sheriff to explain the use of force and the policies around fare enforcement on the area’s light rail and bus systems.

A representative for King County Sheriff which provides police service along with Sound Transit police on the light rail system said a statement on the arrest is forthcoming and that he expects video showing the full incident to be released. Continue reading

As man dies in Central District shooting, neighbors call for SPD to do more to quell spike in gun violence

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Neighbors are pushing for more to be done by police in the Central District following Friday’s murder of Marshall Bennett after the 38-year-old was gunned down at his 25th Ave S residence in continuing gang violence and what police say are personal vendettas driving an ongoing wave of shootings.

Bennett is being remembered by family and residents of the area who knew him as a neighbor and a man who had lived through serious run-ins with the law while paying a major price along the way. When he was convicted of drug charges in 2013 after being arrested with crack cocaine after a fight in a Capitol Hill alley, prosecutors said Bennett had already served more than a decade in jail for a 2001 robbery conviction. Bennett was sentenced to 13 more months in jail in the 2013 case. This summer, Bennett was released from jail in July after being jailed during another drug investigation, according to King County Superior Court records.

Friday’s homicide remains unsolved and detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a green sedan seen fleeing the area following the shooting. You can call (206) 233-5000 if you have any information that might help. Continue reading

Victim dropped outside Harborview after 24th and Yesler shooting — UPDATE

A man reported as unresponsive and with gunshot wounds to his stomach was dropped off outside First Hill’s Harborview after a round of gunfire near 24th and Yesler Friday afternoon.

Police were responding and in pursuit of a vehicle carrying the victim which arrived at 9th and Jefferson around 3:20 PM outside the hospital. The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the belly, according to police radio dispatches. Seattle Fire was reported performing CPR on the victim in the street outside Harborview in the middle of a chaotic scene amid friends and family of the victim. His condition is unknown at this time.

UPDATE 9/15/18 8:25 AM: The victim was identified on police radio updates as a male in his 30s and a 25th Ave S resident. UPDATE 9/16/18 9:00 AM: Friends and family say the victim in the shooting died and police are investigating the case as a homicide. Neighbors identified the victim as Marshall Bennett. He was 38. Police have yet to confirm the death publicly. UPDATE 9/17/18 2:33 PM: Police have confirmed the death but have not released any new information in the case.

The victim later died at the hospital. This remains an active and on-going investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the tip line at (206) 233-5000.

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No injuries but large police response after gunfire at 21st and Union

Thanks to Aubin Spitzer for the pictures from the scene (Image: Aubin Spitzer — Sparks Film Studios)

Another bout of gunfire left shell casings and bullet holes Wednesday night near 21st and Union.

There were no reported injuries and damage reports were limited to vehicles parked in the area in the incident first reported to police just after 8 PM Wednesday. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, callers reported around 10 shots along with two vehicles possibly involved in the incident and a possibly involved male fleeing the area on foot. Police describe the incident as shots fired from a moving vehicle.

Police closed the street in the area as officers looked for shell casings in the gutter, on sidewalks, and in the parking lot near the corner’s busy taco truck as customers and neighbors looked on. Police were also seen knocking on doors of residences in the area. The Seattle gang unit was called to the scene. Continue reading

Mental health arrest after man reported with bow and arrow on Capitol Hill

A man who caused a bit of a stir Tuesday night as he roamed Capitol Hill with a bow and arrow was taken into custody for evaluation of a possible mental crisis, SPD tells CHS.

911 calls began coming in around 9 PM Tuesday reporting a male carrying a bow and arrow and behaving oddly near north Broadway. Police searched the area but could not locate the man.

Ten minutes later, a caller reported a man shooting an arrow near Boylston and Republican. Police responded to the area and learned the man had entered a nearby building.

Responding officers located the resident inside and took him into custody for mental health evaluation.

Police tell us nobody reported being directly threatened or harmed by the man.

Blotter | Pike/Pine gold chains ripoff reported

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  • Pike/Pine jewelry robbery: A Pike/Pine nightlife reveler reported some $5,000 in gold chains were ripped from his neck as he sat waiting for his group’s Uber to depart from 10th and Pine in a robbery reported around 1 AM last Friday morning. According to the SPD report on the incident, the victim was beaten after he and his friends raced from the car to try to chase down the woman who grabbed the chains from his neck as he sat in the vehicle. The victim told police his group ran into a group of males who suddenly emerged from the Broadway parking lot where the thief fled. The groups fought, separated, and then fought again until pepper spray was deployed and the reported assailants fled in a blue 2008 BMW 328i. The victim described the suspect as a “heavyset” black female in her 20s, wearing a black hoodie and jeans. She was last seen northbound on Broadway. Police searched the area but there were no arrests and the jewelry was not recovered.
  • Harvard robbery reported: Police were called to investigate an armed street robbery reported early Sunday morning in the 1800 block of Harvard but the victim decided she didn’t want to cooperate with police. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, police were waved down about the robbery involving a group of young males around 3:35 AM but the victim changed her mind and declined to talk with arriving officers. There were no reported injuries.
  • Amazon van-jacking update: New information in the SPD report on the September 5th carjacking of an Amazon delivery van on Capitol Hill clarifies the location of where it went down and reveals that the ripoff appears to have been a targeted heist.According to the report, the suspect wore a green motorcycle helmet to cover his face as he attacked the driver from behind in the 200 block of 10th Ave E, smashing him in the back of the head before leaping into the van and speeding away.

    According to the report, Amazon valued the loss at $30,386 but it’s not clear if that included any packages stolen with the van.

    As of last week, the vehicle had yet to be recovered, according to Seattle Police.

Police investigating after report of dead body found behind 11th/Spruce building — UPDATE

Seattle Police and Seattle Fire were called to the area behind a 11th Ave apartment building Sunday morning after a caller reported finding what appeared to be a dead body in a pool of blood next to a handgun.

According to East Precinct and Seattle Fire radio dispatches, the man was found behind a locked gate in an alley near 11th and Spruce. The victim was reported to be deceased on the ground with a Glock-style pistol nearby.

Police were cordoning off the area and closing some streets to traffic in the are for the investigation.

UPDATE 1:45 PM: SPD says the death is not believed to be suspicious. The coroner is now responsible for identifying the victim and investigating the death.

CHS respects the sensitivity of covering suicide and attempts to cover incidents by sharing the facts in a responsible manner that provides information about what is happening on the streets and in the community around you. Here are two resources to help those in need: National suicide-prevention hotline: 800-SUICIDE. Local Crisis Clinic: (206) 461-3222.

Blotter | DUI arrest after Volunteer Park water tower wall crash

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  • Water tower crash: A reported teen driver was arrested for DUI early Thursday morning after the car he was driving smashed into a stone retaining wall near the historic Volunteer Park water tower. Police and Seattle Fire were called to the park just after 1 AM following the collision that also reportedly damaged several cars. There they found the driver still in the vehicle and passed out at the wheel. He was not seriously injured and was taken into custody for investigation of DUI without incident. No serious damage to the rock wall was reported. Continue reading