Neighbors and Police Have a Tense Meeting Over Shooting in Columbia City

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TL;DR

Two guys harboring a fugitive who attempts to kill cops have their feelings hurt. Police say sorry for hurting your feelings and killing him. People not happy with apology to relatives of man who attacked police.
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@1: Inaccurate TL;DR. "Two guys" this was not. The church was filled to capacity with people from the neighborhood and surrounding community, all of whom were questioning the harm done to Smith and the neighborhood.
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@2 - So the whole neighborhood was harboring the fugitive?
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@3 no snitchin' yo!
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#3 Perhaps "Smith’s criminal history includes felony and misdemeanor convictions for burglary, assault of a child, felony theft, felony assault, criminal trespass, obstructing a public servant, bank robbery, and parole violations. He was classified as a potential armed career criminal by the Federal Government. He was under the Department of Corrections supervision as a violent offender. Within the last two decades he had been confined to both federal and state prisons". Another perspective...http://bellevue.patch.com/articles/belle…
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@5 the police posture was weapons drawn house bombed and under siege with alleged second suspect inside (there was no one) telling neighbors 'stay the fuck in your house' bullhorning 'we know you're in there' ***until 930AM*** when they finally went in and came out with no one - and yet tweeted that they caught a second suspect inside. The neighbors are not denying smith's mistakes, but adamant that an unarmed man blocked in a dead end street by a swat tank does not need to be shot 16 times to serve justice.
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@5 the police posture was weapons drawn house bombed and under siege with alleged second suspect inside (there was no one in the house and no second suspect at all). telling neighbors 'stay the fuck in your house' bullhorning 'we know you're in there' ***until 930AM*** when they finally went in and came out with no one - and yet tweeted that they caught a second suspect inside. The neighbors are not denying smith's mistakes, but adamant that an unarmed man blocked in a dead end street by a swat tank does not need to be shot 16 times to serve justice.
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teabagging conspiracists! I for one trust my government and look forward to the day when they are the only ones with guns.
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You cant be seriously blaming the neighborhood for wanting anwers. Some of the comments are shameful, according the justice deparment, all of Seattle has a problem with local police. Residents and business owners are committed to reporting crime they see, but we should not have to worry for our safety from police bullets.

If these guys were going to Bellevue to perpetrate their crimes how would nieghbors even know what they are doing? Josh Powell's neighbors didn't even know who he was before he blew that house up.

Why didnt BPD have a backup plan when they didnt find the suspects at home?
How long were they there before they realized their suspect was sitting in his car outside the home?
Why didnt they just detain him at his next meeting with his parole officer and /or stake out the entrance to the cul-de-sac to intercept?

This neighboorhood is mostly residental and has 2.5 children per home and many seniors. There were more than 700 children, many of who feel plenty safe to walk or ride their bike to school that could have been in danger.

If the street was locked down for several hours, the school 4 blocks away should have been as well. At minimum Seattle Schools should have sent out a caution. There is a emergency phone system in place that could have notified all parents to shelter in place until after the police ativity was cleared. I believe the street was not cleared until after 9:00 am.

As it was parents were only notified after the fact that it was determined a lock down or shelter in place was not necessary.
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The SWAT action started at 5 am and just to clarify one fact, we weren't able to leave the block until after 10 am. Those are really good comments by "A boys mom." The questions and recommendations from the neighbors on the block are posted at http://bit.ly/11xE7bJ and some more info on the meeting event Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/24604138… .

We aren't weighing in on whether there was justification for an arrest. Many of us have worked hard with the police to reduce crime in the community. The issues in this case are how the police handled it that escalated violence, traumatized families and kids, and failed to communicate.
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The SWAT action started at 5 am and just to clarify one fact, we weren't able to leave the block until after 10 am. Those are really good comments by "A boys mom." The questions and recommendations from the neighbors on the block are posted at http://bit.ly/11xE7bJ and some more info on the meeting event Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/24604138… .

We aren't weighing in on whether there was justification for an arrest. Many of us have worked hard with the police to reduce crime in the community. The issues in this case are how the police handled it that escalated violence, traumatized families and kids, and failed to communicate.