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Sheriff changes use-of-force policies in case of motorcyclist held at gunpoint by plainclothes officer

The King County Sheriff’s Office has agreed to change its use-of-force policies as part of a settlement in a lawsuit over a plainclothes officer who held a motorcyclist at gunpoint.

As a first step, the policy change clarifies that “aiming a weapon is a use of force and should be reported within the Sheriff’s office subject to further consideration and evaluation by persons higher up in the chain of command.” Read more »

Task force calls for sweeping criminal justice reforms, better mental health treatment, less incarceration

A task force of attorneys and state officials is making progress on a collaborative effort to advance lasting reforms in the state’s criminal justice system.

Their work stems the 2015 Trueblood v. DSHS ruling ordering Washington State to fix a broken system that unconstitutionally denies mentally ill inmates access to timely evaluations of their competency to stand trial. Read more »

Federal lawsuit seeks justice for woman assaulted by ex-cop

A woman has filed a federal lawsuit alleging a former Seattle police officer used excessive force when he repeatedly slammed her head on the ground while arresting her without any probable cause during a concert. Read more »