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Saturday, February 3 • 9:00am - 9:45am
Deadly force and Seattle’s changing police culture

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Now in its sixth year under federal consent decree, the Seattle Police Department has made considerable progress on reducing unnecessary use-of-force. But the fatal police shooting of Charleena Lyles last summer put the spotlight back on the department and raised questions about mental health and de-escalation training. To weigh in on this life-or-death issue, we have a psychologist, two police reformists and the local police union president.

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avatar for Steven Hsieh (Moderator)

Steven Hsieh (Moderator)

Steven Hsieh is the news editor at The Stranger. His five-year career in journalism has largely focused on criminal justice issues, including the death penalty, indigent defense and police reform. He covered the 2014 Ferguson protests, as well as the fatal police shooting of Char... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Henderson

Jennifer Henderson

Jennifer Henderson is a licensed mental health counselor and registered art therapist originally from Chicago. She now lives and works in Seattle's south end Neighborhood, Columbia City, where she has a private practice focusing mainly on women's issues and racial identity. She h... Read More →
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Riall Johnson

Riall Johnson has been a political advocate since he retired from professional football in 2010. Since his retirement, he has worked on multiple campaigns around the country in Ohio, Florida, Rhode Island, New York, California, and Washington. Most recently, he was the Campaign D... Read More →
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Rev. Harriet Walden

Rev. Harriett Walden has been a vocal advocate for peace issues since co-founding Mothers for Police Accountability (MfPA) in 1990. She is currently the co-chair of the Seattle Community Police Commission.MfPA is an organization that educates and coordinates parents and community... Read More →