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Local Police-Responsibility, and the CHARGE of Racism

Who is responsible for police stray bullets?
Shot at police, by police?
Dear Concerned Human Beings, Writers, Editors, and "others", Aug. 1, 2001

Local Police-Responsibility, -And The CHARGE of Racism.

The New York Times is doing the United States, and the city of Seattle, a great disservice.
The New York Times is creating fear in Seattle, and being ignorant.
The New York Times should be ashamed of it's reporting on the Seattle Police Chief,
Gil Kerlikowske, on July 30, 2001;
It is a slap in the face to Seattle.
The New York Times could report on other facts, -on Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske's performance;
But like the Seattle media,
The New York Times has chosen ignorance.
(I would call The New York Times and the local Seattle media racist, except The New York Times and the local Seattle media would not here it.).

Sincerely,
Kenn Dzaman____________________________________
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Local Police-Responsibility, -And The CHARGE of Racism.


[The connection is not being made in the Seattle press;
But the connection is,
and has,
been made on the streets of Seattle.]

[This is a simple and yet such a hard, -connection to make; and the Seattle media has chosen ignorance:

1.). The Seattle Police got off for WTO abuse for "not remembering", and even though it is on video, the Seattle Police officers do not have identifiable differences on the video, and can remain "anonymous"-without punishment or retribution. (Even though Seattle paid thousands of dollars in fines, to the people abused -by "unidentified" Seattle Police officers (captured on video tape.)..

2.). Through Seattle Police Department negligence, and the Seattle Police Departments known repetition of an internal "unidentified" and "hidden" crime, the Seattle Police almost "mistakenly" killed each other. If the Seattle Police are creating internal mistakes and mistakenly shooting at "innocent" people (Seattle Police Officers), chances are, they have done it before.

3.). The Seattle Police Department videotaped a murder at the Mardi Gras riots, without offering assistance. The Seattle Police Guild - (Rank-and-file Seattle police officers) discussed calling for a "no-confidence" vote concerning the leadership of Chief Gil Kerlikowske following the Fat Tuesday riot in which one man was killed.

4.). From witnesses, and the facts published, it is hard to tell who the aggressor was,
in Aaron Roberts's death (assault-murder).

These facts are known "anonymous" "street facts"...]

Anonymous facts...kill people.

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"We cannot teach children that there is nothing that is wrong or dishonorable and that nothing is worth standing up for. The abuse and lies of elected officials made public in recent times cannot be accepted because they are claimed to be merely personal or commonplace. These acts are disgraceful examples for our children and, if condoned, destructive of our society."

From the article July 27th, 2001; in the Seattle Times:
"Promoting civility on the streets of Seattle".
by Patrick Fitzsimons; Seattle Police chief from 1979 to 1994.
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Even after this has been in the Seattle Times, there is still no action being reported on, or taken, by the Seattle media, or government..

If the former Seattle Police Chief is asking for help, so am I.

This is the New York Times article from;
 http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/30/national/30POLI.html
n y times - "City police work is losing its appeal and its veterans"
(Seattle Police are in the New York Times. - This article really says a lot about the state of our nations police moral, -a lot of them are tired of, (being in the "middle") of, the drug war; and killing "innocent" people.

I find it very strange that the Seattle Police Department is mentioned on the front page of the New York Times (today July 30, 2001); and the only thing mentioned about the Seattle police chief - is how hard and thankless his job is,
and what a great lifesaver he is....

What about the current charge of racial profiling against the Seattle Police department?
What about 39 shots fired as Seattle Police officers tried to kill Seattle Police officers??
What about Aaron Roberts's questionable death???
What about the Seattle Police video taping a murder at the Mardi Gras riots????
What about the Seattle police guild's close vote of "No Confidence in The Seattle Police Chief"?????

In The New York Times - Nationally, he saves drug addicts - on the street...
You, can decide what he is doing -locally - on the street.

This is absolutely - crazy, frustrating, fearful, and terroristic; - to read what the New York Times said about the Seattle police chief, - with what has been, and is happening in Seattle. It is also negligence of responsibility - of fair or honest reporting by the New York Times, and totally distorts the perception of the problems - in the Seattle police department (and those who command it). It is quite obvious the New York Times is on the Seattle Police Departments side and they want to see Aaron Roberts family, and anyone else asking for Seattle Police department accountability in Seattle Police officers shooting their guns; to be labeled "combative". (After all, Seattle does have such a great life saving chief, - who is very over-worked and under-appreciated; How could you ask for him to be responsible for anything?...)...


What about the abuse at WTO?...(The present Seattle police chief wasn't there for that one. ---That -- Seattle police chief lost his job -- after he flat out told the mayor of Seattle - (Paul Schell--- a long time before WTO happened); the Seattle police department was not ready, and was -under-trained- for the WTO Conference and planned protests... so he lost his job because the WTO protest was so screwed up????.?).?

(And it was screwed up. I resided in a low income apartment in the riot zone; it is apart of why I am so fearful of Seattle Police...).


I am trying to communicate a personal idea of how I feel, and why I must pursue a case of reckless and negligent endangerment, against the Seattle Police department:-
I am afraid, and I would like to see that fear reduced, and positive things happen.

1.). I am pressing for: -"Seattle Police play acting Arrest Forums"; - with Seattle Police Officers in local Gyms, to educate the public and the Seattle Police - on when life threats are created in arrest, (and other Seattle police public communication risks can be realistically explored and experienced), and reduced.

2.). I am pressing for: - Seattle Police car markings, and numbers; for precinct and police, - public identification-accountability.

3.). I am pressing for: - Seattle Police officer uniform and riot gear identification (numbering).
(The Seattle Police and the Seattle people are on the same team, and I want to know who the player's are when penalties, or trophies, need to be awarded.).

4.). I am pressing for: The communication with the public, and Seattle Police department's inter-departmental communication, be improved upon. The responsible and accountable people in the chain of command for the Seattle Police department need to be held accountable for their actions and communication practices. The Seattle Police department needs to defend their communication errors from charges of negligent and reckless endangerment, in a court of law. This in the hopes it can be improved upon, and held to the same standards as the public, (at a minimum).

I really feel (what seems like) a real threat to my existence, and I need to figure it out. I am worried for many I know in Seattle, (and everyone else I don't know). I really want (and need) - to find the most productive and positive way - to approach and pursue, the elimination and reduction of Seattle Police and Seattle people's risk - of abuse, injury, or death. It creates terrorism and fear in people, and that is dangerous.


I am in need of consulting Seattle people, -on criminal and civil charges, - being brought against the Seattle Police Department, and those who run it.

I want to create the public pressure - in the Seattle city council, and the Washington State Prosecutors office, - to pursue criminal and civil charges against the Seattle Police Department, and those who run it.
I want to see the Seattle Police Department, and those who run it, held accountable for the continued miss-communication and negligence - that is creating an atmosphere of fear in Seattle; and putting the Seattle police department, and the people of Seattle at risk.
I am referring to many incidents, but I am concentrating on one; The Seattle Police exchanging 39(?) bullets, - and trying to kill fellow Seattle Police officers. (Residents-criminals?).

The Seattle Police Department knew of the risk, of having an armed (shotgun locked in the Seattle police car) "unidentified" Seattle police ""officer"" (criminal), driving (patrolling) the streets of Seattle. This mistake was repeated. While the Seattle Police department knew the risk of an unidentified person -with an "armed police car" (shotgun locked in car)- "patrolling" the streets of Seattle; this information was not made public. As a result of this incident, the people of Seattle (Seattle police included) were put in negligent danger - and risk. ((What is the "atmosphere" at the Seattle police department, if something like this is allowed to happen in silence? And everyone in Seattle (Seattle police included), is put at risk because of this silence?))


(1). I am going to try and get as much publicity for this case as I can. I will take any assistance from others who feel they can offer help. (Petitions, forums, phone calls, letters, setting and following precedents, tackling continuing problems; etc....-- Basically; anything that will create public pressure -and education- of this "event", and it's connection to continuing miss-communication in the Seattle Police Department, and the government in charge of the Seattle Police Department.).

(2). I would like to see the Seattle City Council and the Washington State Prosecutors Office, -immediately press for: The Seattle Police Department - to add car markings - as to precinct and car; - and to correct the mistake of Seattle police car "anonymity"; (and offer more public-police safety-accountability.). (There would also be very little chance of a stolen police car being "mistaken" for a real one, and less chance of "unidentified" -armed Seattle Police cars- being stolen and allowed to "patrol".).

(3). I would like to see the Seattle City Council, and the Washington State prosecutors office; immediately press for identifying numbers on all Seattle police officers backs, and shoulders, and identifying numbers on all riot gear. (If a Seattle Police Officer forgets they may have kicked someone or pepper sprayed someone, and it is recorded on video from across the street, they will be identifiable - even with their lack of memory power to recall the incident (especially under stress.).

The sad, juvenile, and satirical way the Seattle mainstream media has reported the event of Seattle police officers exchanging 39 shots at each other, and mistakenly trying to kill each other, (and putting all of Seattle at negligent and reckless risk, without any call for public responsibility or accountability;); is sick and makes me feel ill with fear. If we sit back and allow this fear to be created, it will eventually kill someone. The Seattle mainstream media is helping to create this fear, so I would like to see these charges brought about in the most high profile way as to garnish as much media attention as possible.


Also:
I do have concerns with the Seattle police department not being certified, and I want to find out what accreditations, and professional affiliations, the Seattle Police department does have.

I would also like to see the Seattle police department's policy of (public - individual, communication and arrest) "force matrix" rules (of engagement); so the public and the Seattle police, - can both be educated, as to what is life threatening (to a Seattle police officer-resident.).


I have scary notions when it comes to the police - and our culture and society; and I want to put my own fears to rest.
I do not believe that an intelligent white supremacist moves into the woods of Idaho and becomes a hermit anarchist; I feel the "intelligent" white supremacist, becomes a United States police officer or a soldier. My goal in pressing these charges is to quell my own fears of racism, and hopefully save peoples lives.

The United States Federal Government has declared war on it's own citizens; and it is killing Seattle police officers -and other- "innocent" people. I feel the drug war, declared by the United States Federal Government, - on the people of Seattle, is negligently creating violence and death on the streets of Seattle. I feel this "war" --is the root cause-- to why we can't all just -get along- in the city of Seattle. This is a first step in correcting this continuing mistake. There are charges of racism against the Seattle police department; I am going to repeat the charges of racism against the Seattle police department. It is not just minorities; it is the people of Seattle being killed by this continued police intolerance, abuse, and brutality against drugs (people). It is time for the residents of Seattle to stop this war, before more innocent people die, and the atmosphere of fear and violence escalates in Seattle, as it has elsewhere in the United States.

"I feel" - if the Seattle police department is not held accountable for their exchange of bullets; no one is.

I do not feel the city of Seattle is focusing on the foundation causing the problem of street violence and racism between the Seattle police department and the public; it is the Federal drug war.

The United States federal drug war is killing people in Seattle, and setting up a barrier between the Seattle people and the Seattle police department. ((The Seattle Police (pretty much) have their own "culture and society". So much so, - that they made a police officers son, who has been continually devastated by police "culture"; -- a "mascot".). It is time to change our policies, and stop putting the people (and Seattle police officers) (of the city of Seattle); at such known negligent risk, created by our Federal governments drug war (intolerance.). As long as the Seattle Police Department is at war with the people they are supposed to protect, we are all in danger.

Ignorance of racism, negligence, and other miss-communications by the Seattle police department (and the mainstream media), is creating an atmosphere of fear and distrust in the city of Seattle. I feel, that until the Seattle Police Department is held accountable for their actions; the fear and distrust of the Seattle Police Department, (being predominately created through a federally declared "drug war" on it's citizens), will create more human violence and death in Seattle.





People - in Seattle right now who are criticizing the Seattle Police Department, (or are asking for Seattle Police accountability-responsibility), are being labeled combative. (Lawyer Douglas Wilson did not label himself combative, it is the way he is being portrayed by the press. Why is Douglas Wilson "combative" and Lisa Marchese "tenacious"? Because the police departments lawyer (Lisa Marchese) released Aaron Roberts state as "a crazed drugged person" on the public record, before Mr. Wilson released his version of facts. ). (It is basically a "justified killing" of Aaron, because Aaron Roberts did drugs sometime the month of his killing; (this has been reported in the Seattle press; and it may, or may not have, - altered him.). Yet, - the police were not tested for anything, because their blood is still in their bodies. -- And I have done both the drugs that Aaron was on, and I do not feel in the minute doses they were in his blood; they were affecting him at all. To call Mr. Wilson "combative", for releasing information that the Seattle Police Officer was beating Aaron Roberts up and started the confrontation, I feel is exactly the same defense they will be using in court - against Aaron...).



[I grew up in Littleton Colorado, - close to the Columbine Tragedy location. I really do know, and grew up with - a lot of rage -- in the local culture. It is obvious to me, after over twenty years (I graduated in 1979 from Arapahoe High school in Littleton, I moved from Littleton the next day)--- it has not changed. I dropped out of sports in junior high in Littleton, because the guys were such jerks to "others".
I feel this "threat" in all of Seattle now, I am going to move, but it will take me some time; (It is worse in different areas of Seattle.). (I will be working on relieving the fear and violence in Seattle for a long time (as well as Littleton.).

((I feel; Life feels a threat to life's existence, even if it is your self. So if the culture around you is a threat to you, or life (life's existence), you will feel it. The more the culture around you, ignores those feelings in you, the more insanity and terrorism is created by you, in the culture (in your self). A mistake of any kind can only be created for so long, before someone rages about it... ).))]


Human beings must always defend themselves from their own communication mistakes (like a drug addict who wants to quit the addiction before it kills them). The Seattle police department especially needs to defend themselves from their communication mistakes, these mistakes - obviously can kill anonymously and mistakenly.

The Seattle police department's (possible) creation of racism and negligence, can be figured out, and eliminated. We, the citizens of Seattle, are this responsibility, - unless we choose not to be. The Seattle Police Department does not have any more problems in its operations than the people of Seattle are creating. I feel terrified for the people in Seattle; they are having very little reaction to its police operations - and continuing miss-communications. - I feel, - due to fear, -and Seattle Police "anonymity", in Seattle Police officers not being responsible for their actions in a federal "drug war".

I have personally experienced much meanness, and abuse, - from Seattle Police officers; especially in recent years. The Seattle Police Department, I feel - due to the Federal Drug War, is a terrorist and abusive "organization" that needs more local control, and needs to explain it's internal communication mistakes that may (or may not) of already killed people.

we need help in Seattle.....

Sincerely,
Kenneth George Dzaman
PO Box 85503
Seattle Washington 98145-1503
Phone: 206-271-8562
Email:  kennspace@hotmail.com



(This article also appeared in the Tacoma News Tribune titled; "Racism probe asked for legal system".)
 http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/30/national/30URBA.html?searchpv=nytToday
July 30, 2001
President of Urban League Calls for Review of Inequity
By ROBIN TONER
[W] ASHINGTON, July 29 ? The head of the National Urban League called on the Bush administration today to conduct a comprehensive review of the "pervasive racism" in the criminal justice system, from racial profiling to the number of blacks on death row.

Hugh B. Price, president of the Urban League, said at the group's annual conference, "Tonight, I say to President Bush what I once said to President Clinton: race relations won't improve in America until racism in the criminal justice system subsides." Mr. Price praised Mr. Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft for expressing concern about the issue but asserted, "It's time they move beyond empathy to aggressive corrective action."


(Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske also came from the justice department and has been a big part of the process of putting 100,000 more police officers on the streets since 1995....)....


[Northwest]
Police guild mulls taking no-confidence vote in chief

Thursday, March 29, 2001

By LEWIS KAMB
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER

TUKWILA -- Rank-and-file Seattle police officers last night discussed calling for a "no-confidence" vote concerning the leadership of Chief Gil Kerlikowske following the Fat Tuesday riot in which one man was killed.

At the Police Officers Guild monthly meeting, more than 150 members took a vote to determine whether a "no-confidence" vote would be held in the future. Some officers leaving the meeting said such a vote would likely be held after the guild explored other actions, including asking for an outside investigation of the decisions made during the Mardi Gras mayhem.

[Violence at Mardi Gras]
Previous coverage
Fat Tuesday photos
Kristopher Kime, a 20-year-old former Evergreen High School soccer standout, was killed early Feb. 28 as violence erupted in Pioneer Square. He was trying to help a woman to her feet when attacked. A 17-year-old boy has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly delivering the punches that killed Kimes.

Some officers have complained they were held back for too long after the violence started. Kerlikowske has defended the decision not to move in earlier, saying such an action could have incited more violence.


Here is another one, I helped Caleb Schaber (a friend of mine) build and do the Monolith installation on new years day, 2001.
He said he thought he was going to die as he got home the other night; and he was wondering why they were answering a suicide call with their guns drawn?.
He is filing a complaint. (He was not there but was returning home, he was coming home from a mayors forum on housing, where he called for -more- better trained police officers, walking the streets.).
( Caleb Schaber;
www.calebschaber.org
 priapus@speakeasy.org )

2) Mayoral candidate is caught unawares in unscripted drama
Mayoral candidate is caught unawares in unscripted drama Thursday, July 26, 2001 By. KERY MURAKAMI. SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER The monolith artist running for mayor of Seattle says he was caught up in a misunderstanding that began when someone thought a movie rehearsal was real, and ended with a police officer pointing a gun at him. According to a police report, a woman was walking by mayoral candidate Caleb Schaber
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(articles):

Local News: Thursday, July 26, 2001
SEA Times-
Police officers' lawyer 'a tenacious litigator'
Around midnight on the last day of May, attorney Lisa Marchese was roused from sleep by a phone call from the Seattle Police Officers Guild.


Local News: Thursday, July 26, 2001
Counselor defends his combative tactics
Even when attorney Douglas Wilson was a kid, he didn't back down if he thought he was right. And he thought he was right quite often.
Copyright 2001 The Seattle Times Company
Local News : Thursday, July 26, 2001

Counselor defends his combative tactics

By Christine Clarridge
Seattle Times staff reporter

Even when attorney Douglas Wilson was a kid, he didn't back down if he thought he was right.

And he thought he was right quite often.

"Let's just say that he has always been a man of his convictions," said a childhood friend.

When Wilson was in junior high, he and a buddy did some landscaping for a family friend. They thought they had done a good job, but the man refused to pay.

"We didn't think it was fair, and we put all his lawn furniture up on his roof," Wilson said. "He offered to pay us to take it down.

"After we all had a giant laugh about it, he's the one who actually encouraged me to go to law school."

Wilson, 36, has been hired by Aaron Roberts' family to represent its interests at the inquest into his death and in any civil case that might follow. He's doing so aggressively ? too aggressively, some say.

Last week, Wilson released autopsy pictures of Roberts in an attempt to show that Roberts had been beaten by police before he was shot.

And Tuesday, Wilson released official statements of Officer Greg Neubert, who is thought by the Roberts family to have initiated the confrontation even though his partner, Craig Price, fired the fatal shot. Wilson said Neubert's statements contain contradictions, and he wants Neubert, as well as Price, to be a subject of the inquest.

Lisa Marchese, representing police, blasted Wilson for his actions, saying they could make it impossible to find unbiased inquest jurors.

And King County District Judge Barbara Linde ordered attorneys Tuesday to stop releasing key information to the media.

Wilson knows his tactics are atypical but says he needed to take extraordinary measures to counter the weight of negative opinion against Roberts, who has a criminal past.


"There has been a lot of lies out there released by the Seattle Police Department and others that have already created a climate of prejudice against (Roberts), and I have to compensate for that.

"My philosophy has always been: If you've got the facts, don't sit back."



In his Snohomish County high school, Wilson ran track and cross-country, and was a medal winner in the high jump. He also competed on the debate and speech teams and gave his commencement address.

He graduated cum laude from Washington State University before attending law school at Southern Methodist University in Texas where, he said, "I was not at the top of my class."

After finishing law school, he worked briefly as an intern at the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office before deciding he'd rather be an independent litigator, contracting to work for small firms that need help with large cases.

In 1997, Wilson won a $2.5 million settlement for a client who was rear-ended by a security vehicle owned by the Bank of America. In 1998, he won an undisclosed settlement for a Muslim client who was pepper-sprayed in the King County Courthouse while he knelt on a prayer rug in worship.

While some attorneys acknowledge Wilson can be a pain in the neck, they also say they respect his commitment.

"Any kind of strong advocacy can annoy people," said Paul Schneiderman, who recruited Wilson to work on the Roberts case precisely because of his bulldog reputation.

Mark Brown, a friend from law school and now a securities lawyer in Chicago, called Wilson "a very principled guy who takes his cases very personally."

Wilson said a bone disorder kept him on crutches for years as a child and helped him understand what it's like to be an underdog.

In high school, after a single unexcused absence, a teacher threatened to make him take senior history over again, a class in which he was earning an A. He argued his case before the principal.

"I told him they could make me take the class again, but that I was still going to give the commencement speech, and I was going to be talking about the abuse of power," Wilson said.

He didn't have to repeat the class.

Christine Clarridge can be reached at 206-464-8983 or  cclarridge@seattletimes.com.





 http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/PrintStory.pl?document
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Friday, July 27, 2001, 12:00 a.m. Pacific
Promoting civility on the streets of Seattle
By Patrick Fitzsimons
Special to The Times

About 20 years ago as Seattle's prospective new police chief, I awakened at 4 a.m. in a downtown hotel. It was wintertime and, yes, it was raining.

From my window, I could see several downtown streets and there were no cars to be seen moving anywhere. But on a corner, three people stood waiting for the light to change. It was a culture shock to me. As a New York City police chief, I was more than familiar with the contest played out at all hours on downtown streets between pedestrians and autos. At times, it could be likened to the running of the bulls.

Later, when driving here, I noticed that drivers actually helped one another get into a line of traffic and people crossed streets with the signals and with dispatch. Seattle was indeed a special place. Folks here seemed to care for one another. It was apparently a civic conscience and a culture of respect, and not the fear of getting a ticket, that kept order.

Today, many people still wait for lights to change, but it seems many more do not. They jaywalk and enter the intersection against the "Don't Walk" sign and then some behave as if they have a right to drag their feet.

Motorists respond by turning while pedestrians are in the path. Other drivers, male and female, some in gas-guzzlers with cell phone in hand, engage in a macho game of who can beat out whom.

It is apparent that much has changed over the years. There is a coarsening of life in America and a decline in morals and manners. Incivility and cheating seem to be in vogue, promoted in part by entertainment and the media that too often exalt what is crude and vulgar.

Cheating and lying are accepted in public life as if they have nothing to do with good character, respect and public trust. Young people and those called Generation X are said to be self-centered individuals who despise courtesy, think that rules do not apply to them and do not want to be told what to do. So, in order to recruit, the Army has changed
its longtime advertising slogan. It is no longer "Be all that you can be." Now, it is an oxymoron. It says be "An Army of one."

In a recent talk to law-enforcement executives, Ed Delattre, Boston University's dean of education, pointed out that the genial pressure of manners, morals and customs, enforced by various forms of social disapproval such as shame and reproach, is a more powerful guarantor of civilized and lawful behavior than policemen or courts or the laws themselves.

A community whose members neither respect nor fear moral reproach from peers cannot regulate behavior for itself. Individual self-control withers and with it regard for the public good. Incivility and road rage grow.

This observation flies in the face of some modern mantras for living such as: "Thou shall not be judgmental," "There is no truth," and "Everyone's position is legitimate."

We cannot teach children that there is nothing that is wrong or dishonorable and that nothing is worth standing up for. The abuse and lies of elected officials made public in recent times cannot be accepted because they are claimed to be merely personal or commonplace. These acts are disgraceful examples for our children and, if condoned, destructive of our society.

We cannot allow shameless entertainment and the media focus on conflict and violence to erode our social conscience. Personal honesty and respect for others are critical for living a good life that promotes civilized relations. There must be public disdain for irresponsible conduct. Families, schools and individuals must promote good social conscience.

In a small way, a good place to promote it is on the streets by respecting others, by obeying the traffic laws, by following the directions of a police officer when given and by waiting for the light to change. Seattle is still a special place!

Patrick Fitzsimons was Seattle police chief from 1979 to 1994. He currently serves on the FBI Policy Advisory Board and is chairman emeritus of the Major Cities Chiefs' Association.



Local News: Saturday, July 21, 2001

Roberts' autopsy photos show wounds
The attorneys for the family of Aaron Roberts released autopsy photos yesterday they say support their contention that a police officer beat him up.

Local News: Friday, July 20, 2001

Family wants inquest to include other officer
Attorneys for the family of Aaron Roberts are demanding that an inquest into his fatal shooting by Seattle police shift focus from the officer who pulled the trigger to the officer who claims he was being dragged down the street by Roberts' car.


2) Three chiefs compared
Three chiefs compared Monday, April 23, 2001 Gil Kerlikowske isn't the only Seattle police chief to have strained relations with rank-and-file officers. Here's how he compares with his predecessors. Patrick Fitzsimons (1978- 1994) A hands-on commander who reviewed every promotion and transfer, and agonized over disciplinary actions. Fitzsimons was a hard-line negotiator who at times infuriated City Council members. modified: April 23, 2001
URL:  http://www.seattlep-i.com/local/19833_chiefside23.shtml

3) A rocky eight-month ride for police Chief Kerlikowske
Outsiders offer praise. Morale fallout debated. Err on the side of caution'. CHIEF'S EIGHT MONTHS. A rocky eight-month ride for police Chief Kerlikowske Too much politics, detractors say - but he has fans, too Monday, April 23, 2001 ByLEWIS KAMB. SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER Days after a drunken Mardi Gras brawl left one man dead and scores of others injured, an anonymous e-mail circulated through the Seattle Po
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4) New chief takes over a department criticized inside and out
New chief takes over a department criticized inside and out Saturday, July 22, 2000 By. KIMBERLY A.C. WILSON. SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER. 2000 Seattle Post-Intelligencer The expected appointment of Gil Kerlikowske as Seattle's 49th police chief caps a tumultuous year for the department. Trouble started last spring when a veteran homicide detective was accused of stealing $10,000 from a crime scene, and continu
Last modified: July 24, 2000
3) Tough times for the 'bad boys'
Tough times for the 'bad boys' Monday, July 30, 2001 By FOX BUTTERFIELD THE NEW YORK TIMES Police departments across the nation are facing what some call a personnel crisis, with the number of recruits at record lows, an increasing number of experienced officers turning down promotions to sergeant or lieutenant and many talented senior officers declining offers to become police chiefs, according to executive recruiters an
Last modified: July 30, 2001
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4) Letters to the Editor
Consensus difficult when state divided in two parts. It's impossible to have a rational discussion. Police guild recognized importance of information. Putting the United States back on the right course. Letters to the Editor Monday, July 30, 2001 THE LEGISLATURE. Now that the Legislature has derailed the governor's transportation plan, it is time for us all to face reality. Reaching consensus on anything is imp
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5) Seattle's black-white crisis is little more than media hype
Seattle's black-white crisis is little more than media hype Friday, July 27, 2001 By HUBERT G. LOCKE SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER COLUMNIST I received a postcard several weeks ago announcing a march to the East Police Precinct to "protest racial profiling, protest police brutality, demand police accountability, [and] remember Aaron Roberts. The return address on the card - somewhere out on Northwest 100th Street - struck me
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6) Claiming victim status will do little to eradicate racism
Claiming victim status will do little to eradicate racism Thursday, July 26, 2001 By CHI-DOOH LI SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER COLUMNIST Here in Seattle we need to take a deep, collective breath and call a moratorium on hurling racist accusations at the police. This city is reeling from such accusations in four high-profile cases in the past 15 months: David Walker, the Mardi Gras riots, Aaron Roberts and the recent Asian Am
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7) Schell has a peaceful return
Schell has a peaceful return Visit to Central District fest politely received by a neighborhood still angry over shooting Monday, July 23, 2001 ByKERY MURAKAMI. AND. CHRIS McGANN. SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTERS Exactly two weeks earlier, Seattle Mayor Paul Schell lay on the pavement, his eyeglasses shattered next to him, his eye socket fractured from the blow he took from a bullhorn. Two days ago, as he walked up to the
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8) Remarks by Schell irk Police Guild
Remarks by Schell irk Police Guild Apparent apology over jaywalking incident is seen as premature Friday, July 20, 2001 ByLEWIS KAMB. SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER Did the mayor apologize, and what did he apologize for? The Seattle Police Officers' Guild would like to know. After reading a report in this week's Northwest Asian Weekly, the president of the union fired off an angry letter to Mayor Paul
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10) Schell calls for talks on racism
Schell calls for talks on racism Religious leaders are urged to hold 'dialogues' over what individuals can do Thursday, July 19, 2001 ByKERY MURAKAMI. SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER Mayor Paul Schell is challenging the city to set aside its discomfort with discussing difficult issues and deal with the most uncomfortable subject of them all - race. In his most extensive comments yet on race relations, Schell said he is
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13) Jaywalking stop of Asian American students draws ire
Jaywalking stop of Asian American students draws ire Tuesday, July 17, 2001 By. LEWIS KAMB. SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER The way police describe it, it may have been a case of miscommunication complicated by a week of All-Star Game festivities that drew hordes of Japanese tourists who didn't speak English to town. But the way a group of Asian American youth leaders and their instructors tell it, it was raci
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16) Police oversight officer files first report
Police oversight officer files first report Saturday, July 14, 2001 By. LEWIS KAMB. SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER The civilian director of a new police oversight office yesterday promised more-efficient and thorough reviews of officer misconduct complaints and better communication with the citizens who make them. In her first report back to city officials since her January appointment, Sam Pailca, di
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17) Police stop of Asian Americans is called case of race profiling
Police stop of Asian Americans is called case of race profiling Saturday, July 14, 2001 By. ERIC RUTHFORD. SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER Several students taking part in an Asian youth leadership summit say they were victims of racial profiling on Monday when a Seattle police officer stopped them and issued a jaywalking ticket to one of them. Police say the students were not stopped because of their
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Race question in Seattle
-- After Mardi Gras


PREVIOUS COVERAGE: THE AFTERMATH

The following headlines document the community's reaction following the Pioneer Square riots and the creation of the Mardi Gras task force.


Susan Paynter: Community reacts to violence with mentoring program
Panel wants to see Mardi Gras be more appealing to families
St. Louis becomes Mardi Gras role model
Tapes amplify concerns over riot
Transcripts show extent of police inaction
Race charges won't be filed against teen arrested in melee
Police disband Mardi Gras task force, declaring victory
Outsiders to review Mardi Gras riot
Police arrest 35th of 70 Mardi Gras suspects
Mardi Gras hearings go public
Mardi Gras task force meetings remain closed
Another council member quits Mardi Gras task force
Mardi Gras task force to continue closed meetings
Conlin quits Mardi Gras task force, calling for open meetings
Riot blame shifts to clubs
Suspect pleads not guilty to murder, assault in Kime case
Police union votes for outside review of Fat Tuesday tactics
Popular Garfield student arrested in Fat Tuesday assault
Police guild mulls taking no-confidence vote in chief
Teen charged in Mardi Gras killing
Teenager arrested in Mardi Gras killing
Media coverage of Mardi Gras events draws criticism at forum
Racism is 'going both ways'
Police union sets reward in Kime slaying
Three-fourths of Fat Tuesday crime suspects are black, police say
Pioneer Square -- it really has three sides
Summit 'affirms' police strategy on Mardi Gras
Vigil brings prayer for lost souls: Youth's and city's
Many sexual assaults at Mardi Gras
Nickels on Mardi Gras: 'It's about leadership'
Editorial: Don't confuse critics, criminals
Opinion: The meaning of Ash Wednesday
Police honor youth slain during Mardi Gras
Seattle officer sends letter of apology to Kime's mother
Candidate Nickels faults mayor, chief in Fat Tuesday riots
Mardi Gras riot suspect is charged
Police tactics during Mardi Gras riot questioned at forum
Blacks 'vilified' over Fat Tuesday
Mother of man killed by Fat Tuesday mob scolds police
'No more Fat Tuesday,' mayor declares
Racial healing is sought after Mardi Gras riot
Two more arrested in Mardi Gras riot
Editorial: No other Mardi Gras like this one


[Candy Hatcher]
Truth and justice can flourish only in the open

Friday, April 20, 2001

By CANDY HATCHER
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER COLUMNIST

WHAT'S WITH THE LEADERS in Pioneer Square demanding secrecy to discuss the Mardi Gras riots? Why hide from the cameras now?

During the riots Feb. 27, cameras captured thousands of partygoers jammed into Pioneer Square. They showed roving groups of young men beating people at random. Later, when city officials assured the public that the attacks weren't race-related, videotapes revealed groups of blacks attacking whites with brass knuckles and skateboards while shouting racial comments.
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Were it not for cameras, many of those arrested and charged with the violence, including some of the people involved in beating 20-year-old Kris Kime to death, would not have been identified. If not for cameras, there wouldn't be any city-led discussions, even privately, about racism.

Shortly after the riots, Mayor Paul Schell formed three task forces to determine what caused the violence. He said he intended for Seattle to learn from the senselessness and to make sure it never happens again.

"As a community," he said, "we must face this head-on, with honesty and a willingness to recognize that every segment of our community must be a part of the response."

But members of those groups said they couldn't discuss racism and youth violence and safety issues in front of cameras. They said the meetings must be closed for there to be an atmosphere of trust.

Schell acceded to their wishes. Then, under pressure last week from City Council members who didn't want the meetings closed, Schell said the panels could open their discussions if they wished.

Now he says the meetings should be "as open to the public as possible."

Cut out the doublespeak. Prop open the door, forget about the cameras and concentrate on solving a problem.

These task forces could learn a thing or two from another group that discussed similar issues last week while a reporter took notes.

State Supreme Court Justice Bobbe Bridge, Chief Juvenile Judge Laura Inveen and County Council member Larry Gossett met with police, prosecutors, public defenders and national juvenile justice advocates for several hours around a conference table.

The group talked about the role of race in law-breaking and law enforcement. Its members looked at crime statistics that showed black kids were four to five times more likely than whites to be referred to prosecutors on robbery charges. They heard a report compiled by teenagers who pointed out places in their own neighborhoods that spell trouble for kids.

The teens weren't shy about community problems, and they weren't shy in suggesting ways to fix them.

"DUH!" a 20-year-old said when presented with statistics that showed half the teenagers arrested in Rainier Valley, the Central District and West Seattle were black.

Help us get a safe place to hang out after school and at night, somewhere we can use computers or play music or shoot pool, the young people said. Give us somewhere to go besides the streets. Bulldoze the vacant houses. Keep the basketball courts open later. Offer interesting things to do at the community centers.

It's amazing, isn't it, how honest and helpful people are, even when reporters are taking notes?

So why do the task forces need to have their discussions in private? Just because Washington's public meetings law doesn't specifically say that task forces appointed by the mayor must discuss the public's business in public?

Legislators were pretty clear on the law's intent when they passed it. "The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know."

If teenagers can talk openly about the problems that have infiltrated inner-city neighborhoods and make suggestions for change, why can't adults?

Racism and violence are difficult issues. But if anything is going to change, if Seattle is to fix its problems, it first needs to be able to acknowledge and talk about them publicly.


[Northwest]
Police guild mulls taking no-confidence vote in chief

Thursday, March 29, 2001

By LEWIS KAMB
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER

TUKWILA -- Rank-and-file Seattle police officers last night discussed calling for a "no-confidence" vote concerning the leadership of Chief Gil Kerlikowske following the Fat Tuesday riot in which one man was killed.

At the Police Officers Guild monthly meeting, more than 150 members took a vote to determine whether a "no-confidence" vote would be held in the future. Some officers leaving the meeting said such a vote would likely be held after the guild explored other actions, including asking for an outside investigation of the decisions made during the Mardi Gras mayhem.

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Kristopher Kime, a 20-year-old former Evergreen High School soccer standout, was killed early Feb. 28 as violence erupted in Pioneer Square. He was trying to help a woman to her feet when attacked. A 17-year-old boy has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly delivering the punches that killed Kimes.

Some officers have complained they were held back for too long after the violence started. Kerlikowske has defended the decision not to move in earlier, saying such an action could have incited more violence.

Kerlikowske, a law enforcement veteran with nearly 30 years' experience, ran the Buffalo, N.Y., police department as commissioner for more than four years before serving as deputy director of grant administration and monitoring at the U.S. Justice Department.

Sworn in as Seattle's 49th police chief last August following a six-month search, Kerlikowske replaced embattled Chief Norm Stamper, who retired suddenly amid criticism over the department's handling of the World Trade Organization conference.

Before his retirement, the guild had considered calling for a no-confidence vote against Stamper. Viewed as a weak manager out of touch with the rank and file, his hands-off management style was blamed for shaping the department's troubles during the violent WTO clashes between protesters and police.

The incoming chief initially won praise from the guild, which commended his top-to-bottom accountability approach that union officials say was non-existent during Stamper's six-year tenure.

But some criticisms of the new chief emerged following his first real test: the "N30" protest last November that marked the one-year anniversary of WTO demonstrations.

While guild officials lauded the chief's preparations for the downtown demonstrations, they were critical about how policing of the event came off when peaceful daytime protests turned into violent nighttime clashes that led to numerous arrests.

Specifically, the guild was concerned about access to protective gear when things turned ugly; particularly after one captain dressed in his regular uniform was injured after being struck in the head by an object hurled by a protester.

Kerlikowske, who had consulted with several big-city police departments, defended his decision to initially keep most officers in regular uniforms during the protests, so as not to provoke a confrontation.

In the days following the eruption of Mardi Gras violence that left Kime dead and more than 70 injured, guild President Mike Edwards complimented the chief for taking full responsibility for the decisions made that night -- accountability Edwards said again separated Kerlikowske from his predecessor.

But the guild announced that it was conducting its own inquiry into the department's handling of the Fat Tuesday riot, as many frustrated officers "felt they were held back" by commanders who ordered police to stand by while the violence escalated within the alcohol-fueled crowds, Edwards has said.

In the weeks since the riot, that frustration apparently has only festered.

"The level of frustration that was there initially still exists," Edwards said Tuesday.


Police union votes for outside review of Fat Tuesday tactics

Saturday, March 31, 2001

By LEWIS KAMB
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER

The union representing Seattle's rank-and-file police officers said yesterday it will hire an outside firm to investigate the department's handling of the Fat Tuesday riot, a move that followed a meeting this week of frustrated officers who voiced doubts about the leadership of Chief Gil Kerlikowske and other top commanders.

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"This is unprecedented," Police Officers Guild President Mike Edwards said yesterday of the union's move for the independent review. "But we don't see anyone else doing this, so we're stepping up."

On Thursday, the guild initiated a national search for an outside agency to investigate the department's command decisions during last month's alcohol-fueled Fat Tuesday violence that left 20-year-old Kristopher Kime dead and more than 70 others injured.

In the aftermath of the riot, union officials and individual officers have complained publicly that police ringing Pioneer Square that night were ordered to stand back even as vicious attacks and random hooliganism exploded before their eyes.

Kerlikowske has taken full responsibility for the command decisions made that night. The chief has consistently defended his orders, saying that sending riot officers in to disperse the raucous crowds too early would have panicked revelers and incited more violence.

But the guild disagrees that other actions could not have been taken. By seeking an outside review of Fat Tuesday policing, the union intends to solicit an objective opinion and "a set of recommendations to improve the department as a whole," Edwards said.

The guild will pay for the investigation and spare no costs in doing so, he said. Edwards added that with "morale at a low point" within the department, the guild wants to finish its investigation as quickly as possible.

"We think that things need to happen, change needs to occur," he said. "The goal here is making this department better in the future."

Leaving his office at the downtown Public Safety Building yesterday, Kerlikowkse said he had yet to hear of the guild's actions and could not immediately make an informed comment on them.

"We don't really think it's appropriate for the department to talk about guild operations or business, as they are a separate organization," department spokesman Sean O'Donnell added.

The guild initiated its national search for an independent firm a day after about 150 officers met late into Wednesday night during the union's monthly meeting in Tukwila. Discussions of how the department handled Fat Tuesday dominated the meeting, as officers mulled over what the union should do to express its discontent with command decisions made that night.

In a tight vote that favored that the guild not move for a "no-confidence" vote on the department's leadership, attendees instead decided to call for the outside investigation.
"Because it is unfair to assess blame in a vacuum, we do not support a vote of no confidence against any member of the department until a comprehensive review of the tactical planning and command decisions has been completed," Edwards said yesterday.

The guild president added, however, that a no-confidence ballot "is still an option." With talk of the no-confidence issue swirling this week, department spokesman Clem Benton cautioned that the 150 officers in attendance during the guild's meeting represented only a portion of the roughly 1,250 sworn personnel within the department.

Benton added yesterday that while the chief remains confident in his leadership abilities, "Anybody in a leadership role would have some concerns in this position."

Edwards noted yesterday that an independent review is particularly necessary in light of Mayor Paul Schell's statements that three community task forces appointed this week to investigate the Fat Tuesday riot would not examine police tactics.

Yesterday, Dick Lilly, the mayor's spokesman, said the department already is conducting its own "after-action" review of police tactics and that the task forces' focuses are meant to address root causes of violence.

Lilly said the mayor believes an outside investigation of Fat Tuesday is premature until the department's review is complete.

Such after-action reports are typical following major policing events, O'Donnell said. The scope of such reviews is variable and depends largely on the circumstances of the event, O'Donnell said, from providing a basic summation to considering several different aspects that can "provide an overall picture of the event."

City Councilman Jim Compton, who chairs the council's public safety committee, yesterday criticized Schell's decision not to examine police actions in his Mardi Gras task force as "misguided."

Edwards noted during the guild's news conference yesterday that the mayor's office sought a similar independent review of the violent clashes between police and protesters during the World Trade Organization unrest in 1999.

Asked what the guild believes an outside review can accomplish that the departments own report cannot, Edwards replied, "objectivity."

P-I reporter Kery Murakami contributed to this report.




(I would like to share my writer-activist credo;

Please
-do not lose your sense of humor;
Be mad;
Laugh and cry with someone (or something) every day,
Life's too short for anything else.).

A Mad Boy Out on the Limb of Life
(The story of a boy and his hidden tree fort,
and the discussions they used to have......)....

I guess I better go, Mr. Tree;
I am late. I do not want to leave you; the breeze feels so good from way up here.
I am out here - on your limb, -and all I can think about and ask you, - is; -How can I keep you growing and healthy? -So your limb doesn't dry out and break off? And yes - it does make me mad, that you think it is only because I am here that I am feeling this way. I felt this way the first time I saw you, Mr. Tree; and that is why I chose you and this limb; I dreamed of being here. I know, I can hear my mom calling me home, it is just I am not hungry yet, and I need this. Mom will be mad when I get home, as much for the waiting, as the danger. I wonder why she had a son? - And then she hugs me after I get home and her rage has cooled, and lets me really feel, it is why she had a son. I wish I knew an easier way to calm her fears, but I do not. - It is what she has taught me through her rage; I must calm my own fears, after all, I created them. I don't know if my Dad is worried, mad or jealous; that I wanted to build this fort so much higher than the tree fort he hung out in. I just know if I piss them both off, I will pay. I better go home now, or mom will have to tell dad, I built the fort -in you- he told me not to, and then -I- will -have - really created trouble. Okay, Mr. Tree; - time to go eat dinner. See you later Mr. Tree, we will play again. You give me such great advice, when I sit here -alone,- out on your limb.
Thanks for getting me moving before my dad gets home.

Your, "magic of life game" -feels like a dream.

No, I am not mad anymore,...
Yes, you did it again - you win, - and I don't know how you did it.

Play again tomorrow?

Mr.Tree.


(by Space 2001; - Legal name of Kenneth G. Dzaman; Filed in King count court, on May 22, 1996.).

address: address: Space 2001 PO Box 85503 SEA WA 98145-1503


Police Accountability 02.Aug.2001 11:15

Tik Tok tiktok11111@hotmail.com

You were very thorough in addressing concerns
and well spoken. I believe a key element that
needs to occur in all police departments across
the board is identification. Earlier in our nation's
history we had a group which was allowed to be
actively savage and brutal, covered in anonymity.
The white hoods of the KKK. Globally, we are
facing the cloak of anonymity again, this time in
the form of unidentifiable police officers in riot
gear. As protests mount, the abuses of power
have increased behind those masked hoods.
Genoa is a prime example. If there be those in
this country who think a "Genoa" could never
happen here, I simply shake my head. Very
interested as to how you are going to approach
this issue of "identification" and pursue it towards
enactment.