Are Seattle Cops Getting Shy? | 101 KXL

Are Seattle Cops Getting Shy?

Written by Steve Leader on May 15, 2014
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Seattle City Hall denies police are going soft on crime.   The Seattle Times reports newly-released figures from the city show what may be startling decreases in law enforcement.

Whether they’re related to the Seattle Police Department being under a federal microscope for use of force is not clear.

For example, the number of officer-initiated questionings of suspicious people dropped 80% in the first quarter of this year.   And the number of cases filed for low level crimes fell last year by 49%.   The drop in non-traffic misdemeanor cases filed could be partly the result of the city attorney changing the charging standards.

The head of the Seattle Police union says officers are, “working smarter.”

Photo: courtesy Associated Press

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