- An image like this one apparently drove a man to yell slurs and hurl a beer bottle.
Hate on the Hill: A 22-year-old man is facing charges of malicious harassment after allegedly yelling gay slurs at two men holding hands in Capitol Hill on August 10, reports KOMO News. Police say Ivan Prokhorin, a former amateur mixed martial arts fighter, also followed the men to their car carrying an empty beer bottle and hurled it at them, but missed. One of the victims then retrieved a baseball bat from his car, which the suspect’s friend wrestled away and used to beat the victims, who were not seriously injured. Police later apprehended Prokhorin, whose brother describes him as “Christian,” and his friend after they fled the scene. Prokhorin is currently free on bail and is scheduled to be arraigned next week.
Federal Judge Chastises SPD on Missed Deadline: A federal judge has extended a deadline for the Seattle Police Department to develop a computer system to track use of force, biased policing, and other data as part of its 2012 settlement agreement with the Department of Justice, reports the Seattle Times. At a hearing Tuesday, US District Judge James Robart said he was granting the nine-month extension because there was no other choice, but also chastised the department for the delay, citing the events in Ferguson as a reminder of what led to the settlement agreement in Seattle in the first place.
Robart also expressed concern about SPD’s disciplinary process in regards to the recent decision by Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole to put Officer Randy Jokela—who is responsible for writing 80 percent of Seattle’s pot tickets—back on patrol. The judge also criticized the resistance to change among rank and file officers, saying they need to “get over it” and that “The good old days are not coming back.”
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- A federal judge expressed concern with the way Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole handled the discipline of Officer Randy Jokela.
Lawmakers Demand Improvements to Ferry System: In the wake of an overloaded ferry last Friday, lawmakers are calling for changes to the Washington State Ferries system, including a plan for improved reliability and an independent review of management, reports the Seattle Times.
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- Lawmakers say Washington's ferry system needs an overhaul.
Bremerton Police to Get Body Cams: Body-mounted cameras are coming to the Bremerton Police Department next year, reports KOMO. The 40-member department just finished a pilot program using the cameras and has decided to include them in its 2015 budget. While some have expressed privacy concerns about their usage, the cameras can also help hold police accountable (if officers actually wear them and leave them turned on). Bremerton police spokesman Pete Fisher says they’ll build trust with the community.
Grand Jury Probe in Michael Brown Case Starts Today: A grand jury will begin to hear evidence today in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. According to the New York Times, officials say accounts of what happened in the moments leading up to Brown’s death vary widely.
Meanwhile, US Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to visit Ferguson to meet with FBI agents, apparently to decide whether to open a broader civil rights investigation into the Ferguson Police Department’s practices at large, the Times reports, citing anonymous law enforcement sources.
- Attorney General Eric Holder plans to meet with FBI agents in Ferguson, possibly to discuss a federal civil rights investigation.
Um, What?!: Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder wants the curfew to be reinstated in Ferguson so that our justice system—“one of the great advances of Anglo-American civilization”—can do its job.
Perry Surrenders: Texas Governor Rick Perry turned himself in yesterday to be booked on felony charges of abuse of power. According to the Times, a crowd of chanting supporters greeted Perry at the Travis County courthouse, where he was fingerprinted and photographed. He called the charges politically motivated and said he would “fight this injustice with every fiber of my being” (and also a bunch of high-profile lawyers including Ben Ginsberg, who represented George W. Bush during the Florida vote recount of 2000). His arraignment is scheduled for Friday.
Nut Butter Recall: The US Food and Drug Administration announced that several popular brands of nut butters have been voluntarily recalled after testing positive for salmonella. The brands—which are all produced by nSPIRED Natural Foods, Inc.—include Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, MaraNatha Almond Butters and Peanut Butters, and almond butter sold by grocery chains Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods. nSPIRED said it has so far received four reports of consumer illness.
Ebola Outbreak Worsened by Lack of Aid: The president of Doctors Without Borders called the situation in West Africa a “complete disaster” whose scale is unknown, and said more aid agencies need to step up their relief efforts. Many doctors and medical workers have fled, fearing concerns about infection, leaving doctor-to-patient ratios dangerously skewed, with as little as five people caring for as many as 100 patients.
Identity-Thieving Gang Leader Sought: Local police are seeking the leader of a Florida-based gang known for stealing identities, according to KOMO News. Authorities say Ronald Jason Rhoda and his Felony Lane Gang have been targeting victims in the Pacific Northwest by smashing car windows and stealing personal information. Rhoda can be identified by a large “Gucci” tattoo across his neck.
Double Murder Suspect Linked to Another Homicide: The man suspected of killing two people in Seattle’s Central District on June 1 is now the prime suspect in a fourth homicide that took place in the Skyway neighborhood on April 27, reports King 5. Ali Muhammad Brown was arrested on July 18 at a homeless camp in New Jersey and is currently in jail on $5 million bail. According to King 5, sources say Brown carried out the murders because he was on a jihad to kill Americans.
Tree-Sitting Teen Comes Down: She won’t be arrested, according to Bainbridge Island authorities.
George W. Bush Fails the Ice Bucket Challenge: Is that water even cold, Laura?