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Friday, February 15, 2008

Police Guild to Hold Protest At City Hall

posted by on February 15 at 14:43 PM

The Seattle Police Officers’ Guild (SPOG) is planning to picket City Hall, to protest the long, drawn-out and acrimonious contract negotiation process with the City. SPOG is holding a meeting February 25th to iron out the details of the the picketing.

Several people familiar with the contract talks tell me things have completely broken down, and the City and SPOG aren’t speaking. The Guild wants a pay hike for officersóto keep up with Seattle’s cost of livingóbut the City’s trying to negotiate for more police accountability, some of which SPOG has resisted.

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So, who is picketing the police for resisting accountability? Or is Seattle too apathetic?

Yeah, I'm being rhetorical.

Posted by seattle98104 | February 15, 2008 2:52 PM

@1) I'd like to know that as well.

Posted by disgusted again | February 15, 2008 2:56 PM

Cool - can citizens go in and bust heads if they refuse to disperse?

Posted by WTO | February 15, 2008 2:59 PM

Well, you're welcome to head on down there. It's a free country.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | February 15, 2008 3:00 PM

@4, yeah that's my point. I won't. And neither will you. Hence the who.

The answer of course is no one.

Posted by seattle98104 | February 15, 2008 3:05 PM

@1 I'd like to know who's going to counter protest. I could be convinced to join.

Posted by Anon | February 15, 2008 3:21 PM

So when can we start a citizen's initiative and can we give them tickets if their cop cars are illegally parked?

Maybe some citizen's arrests might find some pot on them ... worth a pat-down ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | February 15, 2008 3:26 PM

Hot. There will be a big huge group of officers where it is OK to stare.

Posted by Oh | February 15, 2008 3:37 PM

The majority of Seattle cops dont live in the city, but they are more than glad to use our high cost of living, specially housing, as a barganing chip?

Posted by SeMe | February 15, 2008 3:59 PM

See, the problem here is that nobody explained to SPOG how negotiation works. You give the other party something they want, they give you something you want. Want higher pay, but don't want higher accountability? Hmm, that could be a problem. Particularly since SPD is hemhorraging money for legal fees and settlements to cover for cop thuggery.

Posted by Greg | February 15, 2008 4:48 PM

SeMe @9 -- "The majority of Seattle cops dont live in the city"

Did you just make that up or is that a bonafide fact? Do they all live some magical place in Western Washington where housing costs aren't high?

Greg @10 -- "Particularly since SPD is hemhorraging money for legal fees and settlements to cover for cop thuggery."

I think the city's general fund covers legal fees and settlements for cases against the city. Basically you and I pay to cover their cop thuggery.

Posted by six shooter | February 15, 2008 4:58 PM

Any cop protesting should be off-duty. I would wager most of them will be armed.

If you really feel the need to protest a bunch of union guys working to get a contract, get a permit from the city. Expect a lot of media attention and a lot of political heat (if the SPOG goes through with this idea, that is).

Posted by six shooter | February 15, 2008 5:03 PM

Great bluff hand --- police picketing --- like a bunch of raggy low life hippie pinko activist?

Ha, ha

They do need better pay, or, all you can hire are the leftover scum which becomes part of all the other problems.

I will gladly join the we are here to stare counter event. Yummy guys despite all, and not all pigs. In fact I hear many are fags --- even at command levels --- how could that be?

Posted by Adam | February 15, 2008 5:11 PM


I'm doing what I can to form a counter-protest.

Though, since #12 kindly warned us that the cops will be armed so they can deal with counter-protesters, I suspect I'll be the only one there.

But someone has got to stand up to the thugs and bullies, or there's no hope.

Posted by Packratt | February 15, 2008 5:55 PM

@11: Sorry, man, it's a well-known fact. Most Eastern cities require their cops and firefighters to live within city limits. We don't, so they moved away years ago.

Posted by J.R. | February 18, 2008 10:23 AM

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