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Video: initial SPD use of force on May Day 2015

Here is previously unpublished video of Seattle police using force on anti-capitalist marchers during May Day 2015. This video begins immediately after a bike officer tackles a black bloc marcher; starting at the 40 second marker in this overhead video, you can see yours truly on the right edge of the screen filming with a white smartphone (I’m […]

SW: Kshama Sawant phones Greenpeace pirates; UW protesters oust regents

I’ve got two new posts up on Seattle Weekly. First, read about how a bunch of loud (but nonviolent) protesters chased the UW’s Board of Regents away from their dinner and into a subterranean lair (I’m not making this up). Second, feast your brain on city councilor Kshama Sawant’s conference with Greenpeace’s oil-rig climbers (it […]

Correction re: Chief O’Toole’s statement on officer appeals

Yesterday while live tweeting a “Coffee with a cop” event at Starbucks, I inaccurately reported that Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole supports replacing the department’s internal Disciplinary Review Board (DRB, to which officers can appeal disciplinary decisions) with the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA): I misunderstood Chief O’Toole. Here is what she said verbatim: “[The Community […]

CHS: New blood on city council

I’ve got another new piece on CHS; this one’s one how the political landscape of Seattle has been changed by district elections.

CHS: Tenants Union council candidate & juvenile justice reform

I’ve been sick as a dog so these are both about a week dated, but newish stuff: 1. I’ve got a CHS piece where I talk to Tenants Union director and upstart city council candidate Jon Grant about his quest to vanquish one of two incumbents, and 2. another piece covering a judge’s call for […]

On ‘Objectivity’

The following is part of an essay I wrote when applying to journalism grad school. Following the thread of yesterday’s post on how objectivity (as normally understood) isn’t a thing, this post considers a possible re-definition of the term to make it both a plausible and desirable trait of journalists. _________________________________________________ Question: Is objectivity a […]

Me & William Blundell on journalistic ‘objectivity’

As a journalist who tries to write about things that matter, I occasionally get flack from folks who think I’m not being ‘objective’ enough. For example: Usually what these critics mean is that my angle is insufficiently flattering to their own worldview; accusing me of violating (what they take to be) one of the basic rules […]

Did Seattle’s police chief lie to the city council on purpose?

According to The Stranger, Seattle police chief Kathleen O’Toole told the city council last week that during the #BlackLivesMatter protests that have rocked the city for months, police “certainly never told protesters where to march.” This was met, The Stranger reports, with cries to the contrary from the crowd. As The Stranger and my boss at Capitol Hill Seattle […]

Police reform & nonprofit legal threats

I’ve got two new pieces on Capitol Hill Seattle. One interviews several city players about how to reform Seattle’s pugnacious police department. The other covers a “cease and desist” letter sent from nonprofit behemoth Swedish hospital to scrappy community organizers at WA CAN.

So how ’bout them police cams?

Body-worn cameras on cops are all the rage among technocrats, which makes sense: if your whole approach to politics is pretending to be apolitical, then hooking a fancy new gadget to a cop is far more palatable than asking why so many people are angry at police or what police are doing that makes such dystopian […]