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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wives and Families of Cops Show Their Support for SPD

Posted by on Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 6:54 AM

Talented news intern Megan Burbank contributed to this post.

Last night, roughly 20 people—friends, families, and supporters of Seattle Police officers—rallied outside the West Precinct to show support for a department full of men and women who, they say, have been unfairly characterized by a few explosive events in Seattle over the past year. The rally was spearheaded by several wives of officers and wasn't sanctioned by SPD.

I needed to be here to show that someone appreciates and supports them. -Candace, a wife of an SPD officer who says shes not from around here.
  • "I needed to be here to show that someone appreciates and supports them." -Candace, a wife of an SPD officer who says she's "not from around here."
"The vast majority of officers do a really fine job," explained the wife of one cop who asked to remain anonymous. "It's unfair to judge a thousand men and women on the actions of just a few. It hurts their feelings. And you know what? That affects their job performance. It's a vicious cycle. People in Seattle should remember that."


Most of the ralliers were women and many admitted that they didn't live or work in Seattle, and so couldn't speak to questions on what, if anything, SPD could do to improve the department's relationship with Seattle residents (the people these officers police, not come home to).

More pictures of ralliers and their stories after the jump.

Negative media attention affects our families says Dusty Pruitt, right. The positive stuff doesn’t 	make the media. It’s just a few isolated incidents. Cops saving puppies doesn’t make the news. They’re out to get a story.” Pruitt is the president of the Seattle Police Family Support Group. She lives in Renton with her daughter.
  • Negative media attention "affects our families" says Dusty Pruitt, right. "The positive stuff doesn’t make the media. It’s just a few isolated incidents. Cops saving puppies doesn’t make the news. They’re out to get a story.” Pruitt is the president of the Seattle Police Family Support Group. She lives in Renton with her daughter.

Carol Garcia, a Federal Way resident, handed out prayer cards to passersby, "so when you see an officer, you’re not scared of them, you just say a prayer for them.” Garcia said that SPD officers “could be a little nicer,” but that respect goes both ways, and that it’s probably more of a priority for everyone else to be nicer to the officers.

We live near where that cop was killed several years ago. These guys risk a lot, they have a tough job, and were here to show our support. -Paul, a resident of Leschi.
  • "We live near where that cop was killed several years ago. These guys risk a lot, they have a tough job, and we're here to show our support." -Paul, a resident of Leschi.

Last week, an anti-police rally led by a small group of anarchists—Seattle's most credible lobbying force—locked down SPD's East Precinct. In February, another anti-police rally led to property damage and vandalism on Capitol Hill.

The police are here to serve and protect, and we should respect them. In China, youd never be allowed to criticize officers. Here, we take them for granted. We dont thank them enough. -Eva Chapman, a mukilteo resident
  • "The police are here to serve and protect, and we should respect them. In China, you'd never be allowed to criticize officers. Here, we take them for granted. We don't thank them enough." -Eva Chapman, a mukilteo resident

Cars driving by the West Precinct at the tail end of rush hour honked encouragingly to the ralliers. Children ran around playing with signs and ribbons. Women stood around with their signs, sharing stories about how much they love officers. The vibe was festive, like a tea party. A gun-loving tea party.

Were thankful for all that they do for us--its important that they know that. -April, a friend of SPD officers and an Auburn resident.
  • "We're thankful for all that they do for us—it's important that they know that." -April, a friend of SPD officers and an Auburn resident.

The next SPD support rally will be held at the SPD East Precinct on Monday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m., with subsequent rallies scheduled each week at each of Seattle's precincts.

This little girl loves her dad.
  • This little girl loves her dad.

 

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The vibe was festive, like a tea party. A gun-loving tea party.


I'm having a very hard time matching this last sentence with the pictures and not reading it as a snide jab at the rally itself.

The tea parties I've seen are characterized by their anger, not festive atmosphere. If the pictures are an accurate reflection of the rally, it was festive, but sure as hell not like a tea party. The use of "tea party" on a website like Slog which is decidedly left-wing, sounds like an insult.

As for it being "gun loving", I see no 2nd ammendment signs, and no firearms. If you mean to imply they are supportive of the men and women with guns and uniforms, it sure is a strange way of putting it. By calling it a "gun loving tea party" it sounds more like they are militant. The people in the photos look like the kind of neighbors you would love to have, not "gun loving tea partiers".

Overall the post seems to be itching to find fault with the rally. They aren't from the city. They don't have to deal with the SPD themselves etc. I can see where there could be legitimate criticisms, but frankly if you're going to criticize the rally, do it openly.
Posted by Lynx on March 23, 2011 at 7:08 AM · Report this
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interesting to look at the different demographics as far as age/socioeconomic class/location of residence/ect between those involved in the protests against SPD and those supporting SPD
Posted by sethg on March 23, 2011 at 7:20 AM · Report this
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oh lynx, i think the criticism is perfectly clear.
Posted by whiskeypony on March 23, 2011 at 7:42 AM · Report this
DOUG. 4
Did they have a permit?
Posted by DOUG. http://www.dougsvotersguide.com on March 23, 2011 at 7:47 AM · Report this
raindrop 5
What a refreshing display from our real citizens to dilute the leftist anarchist depravity that has so infested Seattle. God bless them!
Posted by raindrop on March 23, 2011 at 7:47 AM · Report this
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Why don't they lobby their husbands to vote out Rich O'Neil as guild president? Would solve half of the officers' PR issues.
Posted by SoSea Resident on March 23, 2011 at 7:50 AM · Report this
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@2, you mean those who obey the law versus those who break it?
Posted by john cocktosin on March 23, 2011 at 8:01 AM · Report this
seandr 8
"It's unfair to judge a thousand men and women on the actions of just a few"

Great, so we all agree that Rich O'Neil's actions are deplorable, so why is he still the guild president?
Posted by seandr on March 23, 2011 at 8:03 AM · Report this
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It's the self-publicizing goofball dumbshits in action again. 1300 sworn officers, and maybe twenty of them make a point of writing infamous shit in the union newsletter. Now here twenty of their loved ones figure, ooh, let's do a media event and see how many fools cover it. Blech.
Posted by gloomy gus on March 23, 2011 at 8:07 AM · Report this
john t 10
Did you invent those quotes or are the officers' wives really that dim-witted? I almost feel a little bit sorry for Seattle cops now, but not for the reasons that these ladies are promoting.
Posted by john t on March 23, 2011 at 8:20 AM · Report this
Phoebe on NE 79th 11
@9: Wow. What's eating you? Why be so against a bunch of cop wives, ditzy as they may be, who want to point out that there a lot of good apples in the barrel?
Posted by Phoebe on NE 79th on March 23, 2011 at 8:22 AM · Report this
The Wretched Harmony 12
What if I can't sleep at night because I'm worried a Seattle cop is going to jump out of his car and shoot me? Or some other kid's dad.
Posted by The Wretched Harmony on March 23, 2011 at 8:23 AM · Report this
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..."(the people these officers police, not come home to). "

Nice sentence. Did you proofread this before publishing?

"Gun loving Tea Party"...Wow! Not only does your grammar suck, but you completly mischaracterized this event. Kind of like calling Hemp-fest an anti-drug rally.

Why don't you just end your editorial with your true feelings. Something like, "I hate the police and thier families".

I'm sure the crowd you are jabbing at feels the same way about the Stranger and your staff.
Posted by Bob Slew on March 23, 2011 at 8:25 AM · Report this
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@11

Are they good apples if they place group loyalty over what's right? Where are all the condemnations from these good apples when injustices are committed by the few bad apples?
Posted by jenesasquatch on March 23, 2011 at 8:30 AM · Report this
Kinison 15
Something inside me thinks that these women were duped into thinking it was a rally for soldiers in Iraq.
Posted by Kinison http://www.holgatehawks.com on March 23, 2011 at 8:44 AM · Report this
Baconcat 16
A loyalty rally? Really?

And crying that there's no press of the good things cops do, even though cops don't join the force for personal glory or fame?

This is just a mindless attempt at making Seattle feel bad for questioning the wrongdoings of the police force. Who knows what we'll question if we question the Birks of the world? Maybe next we'll go after abuses of DUI laws? Or perhaps call foul on unreasonable ticketing of cyclists? Or maybe the unfair attack on the LGBT community in the East Precinct?

Shame on us, Seattle.

Go to your rooms.
Posted by Baconcat on March 23, 2011 at 8:49 AM · Report this
Phoebe on NE 79th 17
@14: You're talking about applesauce now, and that's another kettle of fish.
Posted by Phoebe on NE 79th on March 23, 2011 at 8:55 AM · Report this
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For me it's as simple as Diaz and Oneill have to be gone before I gain any respect for the SPD. Until then, I'll happily flip off your 10 year old holding a pro-cop sign.

Oneill embodies everything I hate about cops -- and they elected him their guild president. I hope to run into him one day so I can tell him he's a shitberg pig to his face.
Posted by Swearengen on March 23, 2011 at 8:56 AM · Report this
Ziggity 19
@5: You did read that most of them weren't Seattle citizens, right? Is that what makes them real?
Posted by Ziggity on March 23, 2011 at 8:58 AM · Report this
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you should beat them to it and blow your own brains out...

(THAT'LL TEACH THE BASTARDS A LESSON!!!!!)

(careful, it is a very small target...)
Posted by KaBlooey! on March 23, 2011 at 9:04 AM · Report this
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Yes, until I hear that these folks are talking to the officers they are supporting about addressing the issues many Seattle residents have with SPD (our flawed accountability process, Rich O'Neill's continued tenure as guild president, the state law which basically exempts the criminal liability of officers in the use of deadly force from any real repercussions since we can't reach into their minds and
"prove" malice beyond some impossible standard of reasonable doubt, etc.), I could care less about what they have to say. In particular, folks who don't live in the city. They benefit, while Seattle residents suffers the consequences of the actions of both individual officers committing offenses/crimes against the community, and the institutional fuckitude of SPD and city government in addressing these issues in any substantial way.

Really, this smacks of desperation, and fairly late-in-the-game desperation at that. Where were these folks a year ago, before John T. Williams was killed by Officer Ian Birk?

If they'd really been thoughtful about this, this rally would have been an expression for compassion for the Seattle community, as well as support for SPD. But that's just a little too complicated of a message, eh?
Posted by bookworm on March 23, 2011 at 9:11 AM · Report this
Hawke 22
""It's unfair to judge a thousand men and women on the actions of just a few. It hurts their feelings. And you know what? That affects their job performance. " ~

So in other words, if we aren't nice to the cops, they will continue to kill innocent civilians?
Posted by Hawke http://facebook.com/thehawke on March 23, 2011 at 9:14 AM · Report this
Posted by ohpamphleteers on March 23, 2011 at 9:20 AM · Report this
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raindrop 25
@19: I did read that. Whether they're citizens of Seattle or Kent, they show real courage standing up for their husbands in such an antagonistic atmosphere.
Posted by raindrop on March 23, 2011 at 9:31 AM · Report this
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fascinating that there is only one person of color represented among these supporters of SPD--and that they make the puzzling comparison to China's totalitarian state, and are not even a resident of Seattle!
people of color, working class/poor people, people who circumvent gender normativity, etc, are the people who are most adversely affected by cops, and i see few of those folks represented here, expressing faith in SPD or in policing, whatsoever.
it's disappointing (but not surprising) that spouses of SPD are failing at objectivity. i know, it's hard to be objective when your position of privilege depends upon your partner thwarting the position of others, but it's still disgusting.
i really wish that _Our Enemies in Blue_ were required reading for anyone talking about the police in America, pretty much EVER.
Posted by novabird on March 23, 2011 at 9:55 AM · Report this
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Piggybacking off my previous post @21: The messaging of this crowd seems intent on not just supporting the good apples, but to diminish the severity of some of the offenses committed by the few bad apples they claim to oppose. Without addressing the fact that these unjustified detentions, injuries and death have happened in the past year because of the actions of these few bad apples, and saying that the choice is support the police because the alternative is chaos and danger, these folks are basically making the same statement as "support the troops" folks did in the years after the Afghanistan and Iraq wars started up. They are meant to shut down ANY discussion of the complexity of how to have a police force that is also ethical and accountable to the community they police.
Posted by bookworm on March 23, 2011 at 9:57 AM · Report this
Cienna Madrid 28
@1, I wasn't making a snide reference to the Tea Party. Tea parties existed long before the Tea Party, and that was the vibe I got--mothers talking, children running around, it felt like the tea parties my grandmother took me to as a kid. Only this social gathering was to show unwavering loyalty in response to police violence that has eroded trust in officers citywide (hence the gun-loving tea party).

You can read it any way you want but that was where I was coming from.

Posted by Cienna Madrid on March 23, 2011 at 10:14 AM · Report this
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Why is it so hard for many commenters to put themselves in these women's shoes and imagine their partners doing dangerous work only to perceive very little gratitude and, at times, vitriol? These women are supporting their husbands and that is sweet.

I don't agree with some of what they said. Obviously some of them underestimate the terrifying effect of the incidents these past couple years, or they discount just how bad they were. They should be educated on that, not called "ditzes" and "gun-lovers".
Posted by InfinitePest on March 23, 2011 at 10:20 AM · Report this
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27 hits the nail on the head.

I just wish my fellow liberals saw more opportunities to educate people instead of make them our enemies.
Posted by InfinitePest on March 23, 2011 at 10:25 AM · Report this
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What is wrong with supporting police officers? You make it sound like only right-wing nutjobs would support their hard work.

My brother-in-law is a Seattle cop who works very hard, and is a good man. I'm as critical as anyone about the wave of shocking incidents in the last few years, and I've talked it over with him, and listened to what he has to say. And I'll tell you what - when four snarky bloggers are shot to death in a cafe for no reason other than the fact that they are snarky bloggers, then we'll see how you respond.

Excessive force must be criticized and stopped, but attacking police officers en masse is polarizing and simplistic, not to mention in extremely poor taste.
Posted by Gendun on March 23, 2011 at 10:37 AM · Report this
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@29 except policing ISN'T that dangerous of work. Statistically, agricultural and other industrial work is more dangerous. Where are our monuments to fallen mill laborers? Support rallies? Laws exempting them from murdering citizens in cold blood?
Posted by novabird on March 23, 2011 at 10:37 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 33
@32 they're removing labor murals in state buildings in Maine because they're too pro-labor.

I wouldn't hold your breath.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on March 23, 2011 at 10:53 AM · Report this
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If only John T. Williams had been a white, middle-class, conservative, married woman with children who lives in suburbia, attends church regularly, votes Republican and is married to a cop, he might still be alive today.

So, I guess, these ladies are right. Quit your whining about something so trivial as the possibility that one or more trigger-happy murderers may be hiding behind a badge.

Remember, it's your own damn fault for not being, believing, looking and living more like them.

Now, let's dish about the cop groupie, April.
Posted by Boot Lickers & Kept Kitties on March 23, 2011 at 11:34 AM · Report this
T 35
What an unsurprisingly white crowd.
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McGee 39
@24. I bet you're pumping one out thinking about that, aren't ya?

I personally don't have that much of a problem with the police I just wish they'd stop shooting people for no real reason.
Posted by McGee on March 23, 2011 at 12:47 PM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 40
@38- He could have been Hitler, Officer Birk still had no reason to shoot.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings http://www.reddit.com/r/spaceclop on March 23, 2011 at 1:21 PM · Report this
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I agree there was no reason to shoot him but lets not act like he is some noble man.
Posted by libfag on March 23, 2011 at 1:31 PM · Report this
McGee 42
Never said that.
Posted by McGee on March 23, 2011 at 5:40 PM · Report this
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Guess what asswipes, when your next door meth addled neighbor stabs you in the ear with an icepick to steal your barista tips, are you going to call an "anarchist"? I don't think so. Shut up already.
Posted by Dozer on March 23, 2011 at 9:02 PM · Report this
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I support the SPD. I also think they need to be held accountable much more often than they are- not charging Birk with manslaughter was basically giving them license to shoot whoever they wanted.
Posted by supergp on March 23, 2011 at 9:19 PM · Report this
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How can I sleep in peace with all you fucks HONKING all night?
Posted by whadda expect on March 25, 2011 at 6:49 PM · Report this
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The SPD is just a misunderstood puppy!
Posted by Agrippa on March 29, 2011 at 5:26 AM · Report this

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