Suspect shot and killed by police in Central District was maintenance man with history of threats at Urban League Village apartments

Police say security video shows Taylor during his deadly shooting attack in the museum and apartment complex parking lot

The suspect in a deadly shooting shot and killed by Seattle Police Tuesday night in the Central District was a resident and maintenance employee at apartments in the building also home to the Northwest African American Museum whose behavior people familiar with the circumstances say had become more and more threatening.

Wednesday night, SPD released an edited video showing clips from building security video that captured the parking lot shooting that left one person dead and another critically wounded and police body-worn video showing what SPD says is Taylor approaching police on S Massachusetts and raising his gun as officers opened up with a hail of gunfire, killing the Black suspect. Continue reading

‘We are going to keep raising the bar’ — Chief Best finishes day of ceremony in the Central District

With a group hug from Mayor Durkan and Judge Crawford-Willis, Best can now get on with leading SPD

The city’s new police chief finished a day of celebration and ceremony in the Central District Tuesday as the Seattle Police Department’s first Black leader was sworn-in at the Northwest African American Museum.

“We can not think that the work and the sacrifice of those who came before us is something just for the history books or the museums,” Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said addressing the crowd of officials, supporters, and family before the ceremony with Seattle Municipal Court Judge, the Honorable Anita Crawford-Willis. “We are still writing history today.” Continue reading