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Mar 17, 2015 politickling commented on Judge Denies Franchise Association's Request; Fast Food Workers Will Get a Raise April 1.
Does anyone have a link to the actual decision?
Feb 18, 2015 politickling commented on Five Things We Should Do Right Now to Improve Police Oversight in Seattle.
Until the SPOG contract changes, nothing changes. The scope of OPA's authority is negotiated in that contract, so it's no surprise OPA has no ability to discipline, only report.

Murray is currently negotiating a new contract with SPOG. He needs to be held accountable for what he allows in there. We all need to be telling him (and everyone else we know) this.
Feb 17, 2015 politickling commented on New Chop Suey Owners Face Pressure to Change Venue Name.
I don't know if the details of the story relayed by Mr. Panda is true.

I just know that for a city that has no problem dwelling on the injustice and pain caused by losing a sports team, they sure do seem blind – and even hostile – to concerns raised by people who feel pain caused by other historic injustices (that are associated with actual human rights abuses).
Feb 12, 2015 politickling commented on New Records Show Years of Concern About SPD Officer Whitlatch's Behavior (Including a Petco Incident in 1997).
@15 - I meant to reference you in the previous comment.

@16 - As I commented before, this is why an independent press is so important. We would know nothing about this if it weren't for the Stranger's reporting.

The Stranger is doing more to protect the residents of Seattle than the mayor, police chief, or DOJ.
Feb 12, 2015 politickling commented on New Records Show Years of Concern About SPD Officer Whitlatch's Behavior (Including a Petco Incident in 1997).
@11 - Thanks for doing that. So complaints over 3 years old are out, but I'm assuming disciplinary information for the length of an officer's career would be included in their personnel files. Do you know if this is correct?

Even if the files aren't disclosable, shouldn't the data about the discipline that would be documented across all files should be disclosable? For example, shouldn't we be able to look at the past 10 years, and request how many officers were referred for counseling, mandated trainings, verbally reprimanded, etc? And how many cops had 2, 3, 4, etc. instances of discipline or corrective action? And while we're at it, how many instances of discipline later had their severity reduced (like the instance noted here and the actions by former interim Chief Bailey) and by whom?

I understand why releasing files of cops wouldn't/shouldn't happen, but it seems that the data should still be public. Do you know if this is possible?
Feb 12, 2015 politickling commented on New Records Show Years of Concern About SPD Officer Whitlatch's Behavior (Including a Petco Incident in 1997).
Is SPD going though OPA and other disciplinary records to see where there are multiple incidents with other cops?

The worst thing that can happen is to Whitlatch as a one-off case. Whitlatch's incidents prove that there are systemic problems, loopholes and lapses that need to be addressed. The Stranger shouldn't be identifying officers' documented patterns of abuse through PDRs; SPD is responsible for doing this on its own.

Let's hold the mayor, city council, and police chief accountable for fixing this now and making sure this is addressed in the current SPOG union contract negotiations.
Jan 30, 2015 politickling commented on Ex-Girlfriend Says Golf Club Cop Cynthia Whitlatch Is "a Racist" Who Once "Stole Marijuana" from SPD Evidence.
Whitlach should be fired and prosecuted imo, but this article makes me uncomfortable. Whitlach's ex-girlfriend said she was motivated by doing the right thing, but she was okay with her repeatedly using the term "nigger" while they were together and smoked stolen weed.

I would much rather see an article about how–before The Stranger article and public scrutiny–the SPD's "reform" chief reconciles saying "counseling by her supervisor" was "an appropriate resolution" for a cop caught lying and falsely arresting a man on camera.

Let's not only hold Whitlach accountable, let's hold SPD leadership accountable for looking the other way again until public scrutiny forced them to deal with it.
Jan 28, 2015 politickling commented on Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole Orders Review of Officer Cynthia Whitlatch's Conduct.
This is why an independent press is so important. We would know nothing about this if it weren't for your reporting.

The Stranger is doing more to protect the residents of Seattle than the mayor or police chief.
Jan 28, 2015 politickling commented on Was This Racist Post Written by the Cop Who Arrested an Elderly Man for "Walking in Seattle While Black"?.
Isn't this where Ed Murray is supposed to show some leadership?

Does he think "counseling" is an acceptable remedy here? Does he believe she should still be in uniform and on patrol?