The family and friends of Jesse Sarey say they are anxiously awaiting an outcome in the case against Auburn police officer Jeffrey Nelson, who is charged with second degree murder and first degree assault in the killing of Sarey in 2019.
In the meantime, Sarey’s loved ones are advocating for systemic changes to policing and keeping memories of Sarey — and other Washingtonians killed by law enforcement — alive.
The city of Seattle has tried to make vaccine access more equitable by quietly enacting its own vaccine priority standards, within Washington state’s eligibility framework.
Instead of taking a first-come, first-served approach, the city says it is prioritizing Black, Indigenous, and people of color, older adults who haven’t been vaccinated yet, as well as people living within ZIP codes hardest hit by Covid.
This informal, Seattle-based cooperative is attempting to plug holes in a system that leaves thousands in the city without shelter or basic necessities. These efforts, referred to as mutual aid, are independent — they’re not tied to the city or any particular organization.
Newly released police body camera footage reveals the moments during which Seattle police officers shot and killed a person, who was reported to be in mental distress Tuesday night. The event marks the second fatal Seattle Police Department shooting this month.
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.
As of yet, Washington state has only officially made Covid-19 vaccinations available to select demographics, considered most vulnerable to the disease. But at the end of the day, thawed out doses that can’t be refrozen are going into whatever arms health care providers can find.
Officials at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac have temporarily banned telecommunication for Covid-positive detainees, citing the risk of transmission for other inmates and staff. But defense attorneys say this action violates their clients’ constitutional right to legal counsel.
Proper mask-wearing, hand-washing, and other precautions taken at the individual level can help reduce person-to-person transmission of the coronavirus. But another, less visible variable is also at play: Ventilation.
Here’s what you should know about the risk of Covid-19 exposure while in indoor spaces, according to the experts.
Within a 12-year career, Auburn police officer Jeffrey Nelson has killed three people. Records obtained by KUOW reveal a litany of allegations that he has habitually engaged in misconduct, both toward civilians and colleagues alike.
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.
The settlement agreement centers on findings that a Black mother and her son were the target of racial discrimination and retaliation by Thornton Creek Elementary School staff during the 2017-18 academic year.
The city’s Office of Police Accountability has wrapped up five investigations into complaints filed against the Seattle Police Department amid ongoing protests, including a case in which a child was hit with pepper spray.
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.
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.”
Protester Samantha Six says she had multiple, untreated seizures while in police custody and jail; Her husband, Damien Boyd, says a Seattle Police officer jammed their knee into his neck, preventing him from being able to breathe.
Joaquin Uribe, a volunteer medic during the Seattle protests for racial justice, was accused of assaulting a police officer during a protest and was arrested. He then spent most of the 46 hours he was in jail in isolation because he is transgender.
Uribe refutes the officer’s allegation, and says it was the arresting officer who left him with multiple injuries, including a puncture wound in his abdomen.
The family of a young boy hit with pepper spray and a woman shot in the eye with a rubber bullet are speaking out about the Seattle Police Department’s use of crowd control weapons against demonstrators.
Their attorneys say they intend to file lawsuits in the wake of the incidents.