John T. Williams http://kplu.org en Update: John T. Williams totem pole raised http://kplu.org/post/update-john-t-williams-totem-pole-raised <p>A 34-foot totem pole honoring slain First Nations woodcarver John T. Williams was carried from the Seattle Waterfront to Seattle Center and raised by some 90 people on Sunday. The pole was carried to its final destination with traditional singing, drumming, and dancing.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 19:52:14 +0000 Erin Hennessey & Paula Wissel 4246 at http://kplu.org Update: John T. Williams totem pole raised Play tackles fears of young Native Americans after woodcarver killed http://kplu.org/post/play-tackles-fears-young-native-americans-after-woodcarver-killed <p>It&rsquo;s been more than nine months since <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/woodcarver-fatal-shooting-not-justified-says-seattle-police-board">a Seattle police officer killed First Nations woodcarver John T. Williams</a>, and tensions are still running high among Native Americans. They say the shooting brings up the long history of brutality Native people have faced.</p><p>The anxiety has also affected children, who&rsquo;ve had a tough time putting Williams&rsquo; death in perspective.<br /><br />This coming weekend, a local theater group will debut <a href="http://thenativecircle.org/2011/05/red-eagle-soaring-presents-our-spring-play-a-right-to-justice/">a performance to help young Native Americans move forward</a>, starting with a look at the past.</p><p> Sun, 05 Jun 2011 16:00:00 +0000 Charla Bear 1788 at http://kplu.org Play tackles fears of young Native Americans after woodcarver killed Wood carver's killing subject of federal review http://kplu.org/post/wood-carvers-killing-subject-federal-review <p>&quot;<a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/home/index.html">We have nothing to hide</a>&quot; &ndash; those were the words of Seattle&#39;s chief of police yesterday.&nbsp; The department is under fire.&nbsp;</p><p>The questions stem from<a href="http://www.seattlepi.com/local/438039_investigation01.html"> a federal review of the fatal shooting</a> of a first nation&#39;s wood carver last August, as well as what many people perceive as a prior pattern of&nbsp; abusive violence against minority groups.</p> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 13:08:58 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1122 at http://kplu.org Wood carver's killing subject of federal review Thursday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/thursday-mornings-headlines-13 <p>Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:</p><ul><li><strong>Carpool Tolls Likely on I-405</strong></li><li><strong>Not Guilty Plea in Prison Guard Murder Charge</strong></li><li><strong>Grand Jury Request by Woodcarver&#39;s Family</strong></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>I-405 Carpool Tolls Coming?</strong></p><p>As drivers get ready to pay new tolls this spring to cross the Highway 520 floating bridge &ndash; <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014517787_405tolls17m.html">more tolls could be on the way</a>.&nbsp; State lawmakers have proposed charging cars with only one or two people in them to use carpool lanes on I-405 from Lynnwood to Bellevue.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 14:05:53 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1016 at http://kplu.org Thursday morning's headlines Century-old cedar totems to honor native woodcarver at Seattle Center "carve-in" http://kplu.org/post/century-old-cedar-totems-honor-native-woodcarver-seattle-center-carve <p>An ancient cedar tree was delivered earlier today (Tuesday) to the Seattle Center. Several totem poles carved from it in public will commemorate the life and art of native carver John T. Williams.</p><p>His shooting by a Seattle police officer last August has escalated tensions between law enforcement and people of color. But Williams&#39; family says the &quot;carve-in&quot; that has just begun is about remembering his cultural legacy.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 00:20:45 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1007 at http://kplu.org Century-old cedar totems to honor native woodcarver at Seattle Center "carve-in" Thursday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/thursday-mornings-headlines-9 <p>Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:</p><ul><li><strong>Hundreds Protest in Seattle After Birk Decision</strong></li><li><strong>Agreement Reached on Deficit Cutting Package</strong></li><li><strong><span lang="EN">Wet Snow for Parts of Western Washington </span></strong></li><li><strong>More Charges in Lakewood Police Shooting Case</strong></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Surprise, Anger, Emotion Follow Birk Rebuke, Resignation</strong></p><p>Protesters numbering in the hundreds marched from downtown Seattle to a Capitol Hill Police precinct following&nbsp;<a href="http://kplu.org/post/angry-protesters-demand-justice-slain-woodcarver">a day of dramatic developments </a>in the case of Officer Ian Birk. In the span of a few hours Wednesday:</p><ul><li>The King County Prosecutor&#39;s Office <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/~/media/Prosecutor/documents/Charging_Decision.ashx">announced it would not file criminal charges against Birk </a>for the shooting death of Native American woodcarver John T. Williams.</li><li>The Seattle Police Firearms Review Board reported its finding that Birk&#39;s shooting of Williams was unjustified. (Video <a href="http://www.cityofseattle.net/police/news/2_16_2011/default.htm">here</a>.)</li><li>Officer Birk <a href="http://spdblotter.seattle.gov/2011/02/16/statement-of-police-chief-john-diaz/">resigned </a>from the Seattle Police Department. Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:09:58 +0000 KPLU News Staff 816 at http://kplu.org Thursday morning's headlines Woodcarver fatal shooting not justified, says Seattle Police board http://kplu.org/post/woodcarver-fatal-shooting-not-justified-says-seattle-police-board <p>The shooting death of a Native American woodcarver by a Seattle police officer last summer was not justified.&nbsp;That&rsquo;s <a href="http://spdblotter.seattle.gov/2011/02/16/handouts-from-press-confererence-are-available/">the finding announced by the police department&rsquo;s Firearms Review Board</a> today.&nbsp;</p><p>The review found Officer Ian Birk&nbsp;took actions that were &quot;outside of policy, tactics and training.&quot;</p> Wed, 16 Feb 2011 22:12:50 +0000 KPLU News Staff & The Associated Press 810 at http://kplu.org Woodcarver fatal shooting not justified, says Seattle Police board Monday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/monday-mornings-headlines-7 <p>Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:</p><ul><li><strong>Prison Guard's Memorial Tomorrow</strong></li><li><strong>Pierce County Misses Out on Thousands in Census Count</strong></li><li><strong>Seattle Planning for Memorial to Native Woodcarver</strong></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Service for Officer Jayme Biendl on Tuesday</strong></p><p>Thousands of mourners are expected at Everett's Comcast Center tomorrow for Officer Jayme Biendl's memorial. The Monroe Correctional Center guard was killed two weeks ago in the prison's chapel. An inmate, serving a three-strikes felony life term remains the prime suspect. The Herald of Everett reports <a href="http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20110207/NEWS01/702079943">the service will touch many lives, and many Snohomish County communities</a>:</p><blockquote><p>A motorcade is planned, with the route visiting the Monroe Correctional Complex where Biendl worked and then heading into Everett on U.S. 2. That journey is expected to last from about 10:30 am. to noon.</p></blockquote><p> Mon, 07 Feb 2011 15:09:19 +0000 KPLU News Staff 727 at http://kplu.org Monday morning's headlines Probe of native woodcarver shooting deemed fair, but mistakes made by Seattle investigators http://kplu.org/post/probe-native-woodcarver-shooting-deemed-fair-mistakes-made-seattle-investigators <p>Another peer review of Seattle's handling of the John T. Williams shooting has found the police department conducted a fair and thorough investigation.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 16:53:46 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 714 at http://kplu.org Seattle forum on police conduct draws anger, demands for change http://kplu.org/post/seattle-forum-police-conduct-draws-anger-demands-change <p>Hundreds packed a Seattle forum on police accountability Thursday evening, an event which quickly turned into a showcase of public anger over recent incidents involving questions of excessive force against ethnic minorities.</p><p>The event, sponsored by Mayor Mike McGinn and The Stranger, was organized in the wake of tensions following the <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kplu/news.newsmain/article/2367/0/1696760/Law.and.Justice/Native.Community.Responds.to.Shooting">shooting death last year </a>of First Nations woodcarver John T. Williams by Officer Ian Birk.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 15:54:05 +0000 KPLU News Staff 711 at http://kplu.org Seattle forum on police conduct draws anger, demands for change Friday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/friday-mornings-headlines-6 <p>Here's what's making headlines around the Northwest this morning:</p><ul><li><strong>Angry Crowd at Seattle Police Accountability Forum</strong></li><li><strong>&nbsp;Investigation of John T. Williams shooting Deemed Fair </strong></li><li><strong>Legislature Nixes Governor's Plan for Regional Ferry Authority</strong></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><b>Anger, outbursts at forum on Seattle Police conduct</b></p><p>A Seattle police accountability forum at City Hall <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-forum-police-conduct-draws-anger-demands-change">turned into a shouting match at times</a>, and some demanded the resignation of Police Chief John Diaz.&nbsp;</p><p>KOMO&nbsp;News reports the <a href="http://www.komonews.com/news/local/115254454.html">goal of the Thursday night meeting was to restore trust</a> between police and minorities.</p><p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 15:17:09 +0000 KPLU News Staff 710 at http://kplu.org Friday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/friday-mornings-headlines-5 <p>Making headlines this morning:</p><ul><li><strong>Key Document Surfaces in Woodcarver <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: 800;">Shooting</span></strong></li><li><strong>Education Department Idea Moves Forward in Olympia</strong></li><li><strong>Packed Hearing Backs Saving a Tacoma High School</strong></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Woodcarver's Shooting: Evidence Surfaces</strong></p><p>A city councilman's email plea to Seattle Police Chief John Diaz for an independent investigation following the &nbsp;fatal shooting of John T. Williams by a cop last August was omitted from a public disclosure request.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 14:49:27 +0000 KPLU News Staff 664 at http://kplu.org Friday morning's headlines Seattle high school students plan walkout over police conduct http://kplu.org/post/seattle-high-school-students-plan-walkout-over-police-conduct <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-948089.mp3</p><p>Some Seattle high school students plan to walk out of class tomorrow, Wednesday, as part of a <a href="http://iwsjseattle.blogspot.com/2011/01/high-schoolers-call-for-walkout-against.html">protest against police brutality and misconduct</a>.&nbsp; They plan to rally at Victor Steinbrueck Park near Pike Place Market at 1&nbsp;p.m.</p><p> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 01:06:39 +0000 Paula Wissel 640 at http://kplu.org Friday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/friday-mornings-headlines-4 <p>Making headlines this morning:</p><ul><li><strong>Inquest of Woodcarver's Shooting Raises More Questions</strong></li><li><strong>Everett to WSU: Shall We Dance?</strong></li><li><strong>Here Come the High Tides</strong></li><li><b>Huskies Zap Arizona for Pac 10 Lead</b></li></ul><p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 14:02:29 +0000 KPLU News Staff 609 at http://kplu.org Friday morning's headlines Inquest jury split over questions about Seattle police shooting http://kplu.org/post/inquest-jury-split-over-questions-about-seattle-police-shooting <p>Four of eight jurors in a coroner's inquest say woodcarver John T. Williams didn't have enough time to put down his knife before he was shot and killed by Seattle police Officer Ian Birk.</p><p>Only one juror found Williams had time to put down the knife. The other three answered "unknown."&nbsp;Thursday's conclusions are only findings of fact by the jury, which did not have to be unanimous.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 00:15:17 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 595 at http://kplu.org