David Speikers, the attorney for Zack Treisman—the Critical Mass cyclist who wound up rolling around on the street with undercover detectives from the King County Sheriff's Office last week—reports that three new witnesses have come forward to dispute Sheriff's Office spokesman Rodney Chinnick's claim that the officers properly identified themselves. Speikers already has sworn statements from more than 20 eyewitnesses who echoed Treisman's claim that the officers didn't identify themselves before pouncing (which led the cyclist to believe the detectives were road-raging motorists).
But those witnesses were all fellow CM riders. The new witnesses are motorists at the scene who heard the Sheriff's Office's explanation in the press and then contacted Speikers with their story: The undercover van did not sound an air horn or siren as it entered the intersection as the Sheriff's Office claims. In fact, the witnesses were so oblivious to the fact that the undercover detectives were actually bona fide law enforcement that they called 911 when they saw the men wrestle the bikers to the ground. And according to the witnesses' cell-phone records, they didn't hang up for a full 11 seconds—meaning, it wasn't apparent to them that the brawlers were cops for at least 10 seconds after the cyclists were down. JOSH FEIT
A massive mixed-use development project has been proposed for the land adjacent to three Capitol Hill nightclubs in what could be shaping up as a neighborhood showdown.
The development, by Pryde+Johnson, on property currently occupied by a BMW dealership, calls for a six-story building with 50,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and 208 residential units above, plus underground parking for 190 cars.
"There are all kinds of concerns," says Colleen Stevens, a co-owner of Bill's Off Broadway. "That's a lot of construction, and for that much underground parking they're going to have to dig a big hole in the ground—there's no telling what that will do to an old building like this."
The development's footprint is cross-shaped, with frontage on Pike and Pine Streets, and Boylston and Harvard Avenues. "A lot depends on our neighbors," says Christopher Williams, general manager of Linda's Tavern. Linda's patio would likely face the residential units.
The development would also border the War Room and Indian restaurant Maharaja. The first design review board meeting is July 12 at Seattle Central Community College. THOMAS FRANCIS