New report reveals fifth Tacoma officer restrained Manuel Ellis, who died in police custody

TACOMA — At least two previously unidentified law enforcement officers participated in restraining Manuel Ellis, a Black man who died in Tacoma police custody after his airways were restricted, investigative records from the Washington State Patrol on Wednesday revealed. In addition to the four Tacoma police officers who remain on leave during the investigation into […]

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1 person shot in Olympia during clashes between pro-Trump demonstrators and counterprotesters

OLYMPIA — One person was shot Saturday as clashes and violence erupted between pro-Trump demonstrators and counterdemonstrators in what is becoming a regular weekend occurrence at Washington’s Capitol campus in the wake of a bitter election season. The shooting came after a couple of hours of on-and-off skirmishes at and around the Capitol, where supporters […]

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As Tim Eyman trial begins, lawyer says Eyman had ‘no responsibility to report anything’

The state of Washington on Monday began its court case against Tim Eyman, alleging that over the better part of a decade, the serial initiative filer and conservative activist solicited kickbacks, laundered political donations and flouted campaign finance law in an ongoing scheme to enrich himself and deceive his political donors and the public. “Tim […]

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Law enforcement unions push Washington ballot initiative to regulate protests, protect police jobs

Contending public officials in Seattle and elsewhere have failed to keep all citizens safe during ongoing racial injustice protests, a group of law enforcement unions announced Monday they’re pushing a statewide ballot initiative that would require Washington cities and counties to create and enforce detailed plans for regulating free-speech demonstrations. Calling themselves Team Blue – […]

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Seattle’s new police chief reassigning 100 cops to patrol to improve 911 response times, cut back on overtime

On his first day as the city’s top cop, interim Seattle police Chief Adrian Diaz announced Wednesday he is moving more than 100 officers and supervisors out of specialty units and into patrol, with the goals of improving response times to 911 calls, reducing the department’s reliance on overtime pay and providing some stress relief […]

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