Jun 17, 2016
commented on Police Reports Illustrated: Man Confronts Shoplifter With A Baseball Bat
In addition to a harmful or offensive touching an assault in Washington is also intentionally placing someone in imminent fear of same (Washington mushed up assault and battery and calls them both assault). Assaulting someone with a bat is assault 2, a felony.
Shoplifters who shove a security guard/loss prevention officer are charged with robbery.
Sep 19, 2015
commented on City Council Committee Moves to Abolish Youth Detention in Seattle
So a kid is charged with robbery, a violent offense. A judge finds probable cause and, in the spirit of no detention, releases him. Next day another robbery. Judge releases him. Kid blows off his next court date. No detention? Really? What do we do? Juvenile detention in King County is down from 200 to an average of 50. The cliché that we'll always fill the beds is wrong.