Labor leaders, police accountability activists and elected officials from across the state, including Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, testified Thursday in Olympia about two state senate bills intended to restructure or streamline the disciplinary process for police. The testimonies from the labor leadership revealed the sharp divide between Seattle’s labor movement, which distanced itself from police unions in June, and the statewide labor movement, which continues to defend police union membership—in their words, both out ...Read More
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Critics say it’s difficult to improve police accountability because it’s governed by collective bargaining in union agreements with Seattle police and many other police departments. Fred Thomas testified about the shooting of his unarmed son by Lakewood police. “As an example, the officer who shot our son was given over a week to write a statement with several texts between him and his acting chief, who was also the incident commander,” said Thomas. When a Seattle officer punched a handcuffed woman after ...Read More
With the riots at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and Olympia, as well as calls for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, dominating headlines, the Beacon reached to state representatives serving Edmonds for statements. Gov. Jay Inslee and U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray – all Democrats – have already condemned the president and have asked for his impeachment under the 25th Amendment. Their comments are included after statements from local officials. Click here to read more... Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty ImagesRead More
EDMONDS — The city is changing how it treats people who drive with suspended licenses. In early November, Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson and interim Police Chief Jim Lawless announced officers would no longer file criminal cases for the sole offense of operating a vehicle with a suspended license. Previously, it could lead to time in jail. Later that month, the city council voted to make the change permanent. Instead, police will issue a civil infraction that comes with a $250 ticket. Paired ...Read More
Friends: In case you missed it, I authored an op-ed in the Seattle Times this morning about the need for police reform. While I have ideas to address this crucial issue, I want to listen to the voices of those in this district and elsewhere in the state, especially those of you who have not had the same generally positive experiences with our police that I have had. Please reach out to me with ideas for new laws. I know ...Read More
Last year, a woman in Burien called 911 to report her sister’s boyfriend was holding her and her family hostage. When the 911 operator attempted to gain more information, the woman, sounding panicked, said: “He’s going to take my phone,” then abruptly hung up.
Police raced to the address provided, but when they arrived, they found no one being held against their will, according to a King County Sheriff's Office report obtained by Crosscut. The ...Read More
The Washington State Senate on Tuesday honored former Edmonds Mayor and City Councilmember Dave Earling for his local and regional government work.
In a resolution co-sponsored by 21st District Sen. Marko Liias and 32nd District Sen. Jesse Salomon, Earling was recognized as being “a strong leader and an asset to the city and our region during a period of significant growth and change,” and for his dedication to “building community, restoring civility, and encouraging civic participation during his tenure ...Read More
How high is too high when it comes to cannabis usage in Washington state?
The answer might come from a bill that’s been introduced in this year’s legislative session.
HB 2546, sponsored by Rep. Lauren Davis, D-Shoreline, along with 21 secondary sponsors, calls for a new THC limit on recreational sales of cannabis concentrates to match the 10-percent limit already imposed on infused edibles.Read More