The Art of Surveillance

You Are What You Wear/Downtown/Sun June 27/10:47 pm: Officer Tietjen reports: "Officers were conducting a fixed location surveillance in the area of Third and Pine. Officers observed two B/M [black males], one wearing a white shirt and black pants the other a white shirt and black shorts. The B/M in the black pants was walking behind the B/M in the black shorts. The B/M in the black shorts walked up to a B/M who was wearing all black clothing and standing at the entrance of McDonald's at Third and Pine. The B/M in the black clothing pointed to a B/M wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans who was sitting in McDonald's. The B/M wearing all black went inside McDonald's and contacted the B/M in the blue shirt and blue jeans. After a few minutes, the B/M in the blue shirt and blue jeans got up from his table and came outside with the B/M wearing all black. The B/M in the blue shirt and blue jeans met the B/M in the black shorts. The B/M in the blue shirt and blue jeans was looking over both his shoulders cautiously. The B/M in the black shorts handed the B/M in the blue shirt and blue jeans green currency. The B/M in the blue shirt then handed the B/M in the black shorts several rocks of cocaine.... The officers contacted the dealer in McDonald's and [later booked him] into King County Jail."

A Walk in the Park/International District/Tues June 29/1:23 pm: Officer Lundin writes: "Today while doing surveillance from the International District's CIDBIA [Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area] office, I watched an A/M [Asian male] sit on a bench on the west side of the gazebo located in the middle of Hing Hay Park. I was looking directly at the A/M through a window with an unobstructed view. Dressed in a blue and white flowered (Hawaiian style) shirt and shorts combo, the A/M took out a cylindrical glass object that looked to me like a crack cocaine pipe from his left shorts pocket. The A/M held the suspected crack pipe in his left hand, holding it vertically with the blackened end up. From my training and knowledge, I know that the blackened end has Brillo stuffed into it. The A/M dumped small items into the end of the pipe with his right hand. I recognized this activity as 'loading' the pipe.

"The male looked up to see who was around, stood from the bench, and walked down a path surrounded by trees. He stopped next to a concrete pillar in the northwest corner of the park and secluded himself. My location was a mere 10 feet from where he stood. I watched the male crouch down, and I exited the CIDBIA office and ordered the male to stand up and show me his hands. The male stood up, but kept his hands by his side. I again ordered him to show me his hands, which he failed to do immediately, looking at me with a blank stare. I heard a ping on the ground, which was the suspected crack pipe. He had dropped it before showing me. I took him into custody and recovered the pipe.... The male was booked into KCJ."

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