People incarcerated as children can be resentenced, says WA Supreme Court. Some prosecutors don’t want that

Last year, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that people prosecuted as adults while they were still children deserve a chance to be resentenced by a judge, who retroactively takes the mitigating factors of their youth into account.

But two local prosecutors are challenging that law in the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the justices overreached in their interpretation of the Eighth Amendment.

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Seattle police officers used excessive force in punching and pushing protesters, accountability office finds

The Seattle Office of Police Accountability has found that two officers, who arrested protesters separately in May and June, each used excessive force when doing so.

The findings, released on Friday, include those from a case in which an officer punched a man several times in the torso amid an arrest, and another in which an officer pushed a demonstrator to the ground twice, causing injuries to their head and face.

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Seattle police sergeant from car attack investigation has spotty ethics history

A Seattle police sergeant was placed on paid administrative leave in August, pending the outcome of an investigation into an alleged car attack earlier that month.

Sgt. Michael Tietjen, who is accused of driving an unmarked police vehicle onto a sidewalk toward protesters on Capitol Hill on August 12, has a history of ethics investigations and excessive force allegations, according to court documents and a series of 2007 reports published by the Seattle Times.

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Auburn officer charged with murder in 2019 police killing, testing new deadly force legal standards

Auburn Police officer Jeffrey Nelson, 41, has been charged with second degree murder and first degree assault in connection with the 2019 shooting death of 26-year-old Jesse Sarey.

The case is believed to be the first of its kind charged under Washington state’s Initiative 940, which eliminates a long-held legal standard of not charging officers in deadly force cases unless it can be proven they acted with “malice.”

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