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April 22, 7:00 PM click here to comment > 2

Questions and concerns about March 22 Bellevue PD operation

As a Columbia City community member of 20 years and the deputy mayor of Seattle, I have the same questions and concerns as my neighbors regarding the Bellevue PD operation in our neighborhood last month. I know that the mayor shares these concerns. That’s why I will be speaking for him at tonight’s community meeting, focusing on the following thoughts:

  • Would Bellevue PD have served a search warrant in a Bellevue neighborhood in the same way they did on March 22 in Columbia City?
  • Would Bellevue PD have used the same level of force, including concussion grenades and an armored vehicle, in a Bellevue neighborhood as they did in Columbia City?
  • Would Bellevue PD have left a body with 23 gunshot wounds lying in a Bellevue neighborhood yard as families were trying to get their kids off to school?

The above is just a brief summary of our concerns. Just like the larger Columbia City community, we want answers, too.

The courts allow law enforcement agents to serve warrants in neighboring jurisdictions. When this happens, we don’t have the authority to deny such actions. And so while we don’t have the ability to tell Bellevue not to proceed with an operation in Seattle, we do expect operational competency when they are in our neighborhoods.

Posted by: Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith


Comment from Patrick Burns
Time April 25, 2013 at 9:10 am

Very much appreciated your perspective at the community meeting. It got no coverage in the Seattle Times. Are there any reporters you can get to cover the outrage of the affected Columbia City neighborhood?

Comment from Bob Barnes
Time April 27, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Thank you so much for your comments. They were a high point, especially in juxtaposition to the Bellevue police chiefs non-apology. It needed to be said and you were probably the best person in the room to say it. Hopefully it won’t end with that meeting.