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Mon, Jul 13, 2015, 5:38 am // Dick Conoboy
On July 7, two Bellingham police officers confronted a homeless man with a knife outside a McDonald's restaurant on Bakerview Rd. You can read the Herald article on this incident here. In many communites in the U.S., that man would now be lying in a morgue, a victim of bad police training and a "shoot first" mentality. Instead, after some initial success calming the individual, he was hit with bean bags and a taser before being taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation. Charges are pending [against the individual], but the police officers ended their shift without the terrible burden of having killed someone. The infotainment industry had to move to other stories to keep their ratings. Police doing the right thing is not nooze for them.
This is the way it is supposed to work. Our police are trained to de-escalate confrontations by speaking first and using graduated force if at all possible. Having spent almost seven years as a volunteer with the Bellingham Police, I can tell you that our police receive a good deal of training. Moreover, the culture is not them vs. us (public vs. police). The culture I encountered was evident in the everyday conversations I heard in the halls and offices of the police department building where employees let their guard down and I moved freely. The public was not viewed as the enemy.
We need a good police force. I think we have one, but I have not hesitated to voice my concern if I think they are doing things that will undermine the trust they must maintain with the community. That is why I questioned some aspects of the police response to the so-called "riot" of October 2013. That is the reason I protested the acquisition of the intrusive and questionably reliable software (Intrado) the department wanted to purchase in 2014. I have spoken to our police chief about these topics on many occasions and found him open to considering options, although we do not always argree.
Our police have a difficult job given our location, where impoverished and desperate people bounce off the border to the north, land in our city and turn to drugs and pandhandling. The proximity of several First Nation tribes, a large group of young university students, Hispanic workers, and immigrants from throughout the world can easily produce mis-communication based on cultural or language differences. By using some form of the Use of Force Model (the one pictured above is used by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center) all police agencies can substantially reduce fatal outcomes to armed confrontations. It works.
Mon, Jul 13, 2015, 5:38 am // Dick ConoboyBellingham police are obviously trained to de-escalate armed confrontations. This is the way it should be.
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Thu, Jun 25, 2015, 6:00 pm // John ServaisUpdated at 6 pm. Our county justice system has spent 6 years trying to teach Luba Pekisheva that she should not defend herself. Justice denied and miscarried.
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Sun, Jan 18, 2015, 10:14 pm // Guest writerEllen Murphy gives us a poem for this Martin Luther King day of remembrance.
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Wed, Sep 17, 2014, 10:26 am // John ServaisWe post a disturbing report of a personal encounter along Samish Way, with the permission of John Stark, who experienced it.
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Fri, Jul 04, 2014, 5:00 am // Guest writerFerndale's most famous landmark is frequently commented on and is often in the news. Here is their side of the story.
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Tue, Jun 10, 2014, 11:20 am // John ServaisBellingham Hearing Examiner, Dawn Sturwold, retires in three weeks. Successor selection is hidden from all of us.
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Wed, May 28, 2014, 3:15 pm // Guest writerA perspective by guest writer Ellen Murphy reflects on the Whatcom Watch and the threatened law suit by Craig Cole.
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Fri, May 09, 2014, 10:02 am // John ServaisThe Political Junkie for Whatcom County - that would be Riley Sweeney - has Overstreet not running for reelection in the 42nd.
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Mon, Feb 17, 2014, 8:26 am // Riley SweeneyRiley digs through court data and discovers the real impact of privatization and legalization
Thu, Dec 05, 2013, 6:00 am // Dick ConoboyThe post "riot" conversation is terribly lacking in several areas. We must expand the discussion or risk learning little from the experience.
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Mon, Nov 18, 2013, 11:59 am // Riley SweeneyThe county takes two big steps forward on the new jail, while still missing the point
Sat, Sep 28, 2013, 3:20 pm // John ServaisAs the right wing radicals seek to shut down our national government this week, we need to push back with common sense.
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Wed, Aug 14, 2013, 12:24 pm // John ServaisThe Feds gag an Email service owner - so he cannot even tell us why he is gagged.
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Tue, Aug 13, 2013, 10:26 am // Riley SweeneyAfter attending the public hearing on the marijuana ban, Riley breaks down the good, the bad and the ugly
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Sun, Jul 14, 2013, 11:25 am // John ServaisThe explosion of hate and racist rhetoric is the saddest aspect of the verdict. The evidence was complicated and the verdict difficult to make.
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Mon, Jun 10, 2013, 1:53 pm // John ServaisEdward Snowden is a very courageous patriot, in the opinion of the publisher of NWCitizen.
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Fri, May 31, 2013, 5:43 pm // John ServaisLuba Pekisheva has been given a confusing run around in our Whatcom County courts for over three years. Judges, prosecutors and clerks have all participated.
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Tue, Jan 15, 2013, 5:53 pm // Riley SweeneyRiley looks into Ericksen's legislative efforts this session
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Sat, Nov 10, 2012, 10:53 am // Riley SweeneyRiley examines why the new jail site was selected without public input
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Mon, Sep 17, 2012, 10:45 am // John ServaisPrecedent is plentiful of the Feds censoring free speech and videos - but double standard is protecting anti-Islam film.
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Thu, Aug 09, 2012, 9:30 pm // Larry HorowitzQuestions raised by the Superior Court's barring of the Bellingham Community Bill of Rights initiative from being placed on the ballot.
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Fri, Jul 20, 2012, 5:44 pm // Riley SweeneyRiley gathers quotes, video footage and pictures from the recent tea party forum
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Wed, Jul 04, 2012, 11:42 am // Riley SweeneyRiley interviews judicial candidates, reviews campaign tactics, and discusses fireworks
Tue, Apr 10, 2012, 8:52 pm // John ServaisAn illegal serial Port Commission meeting should be investigated by the State Auditor, and two commissioners should be made accountable for their actions.
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Sun, Mar 18, 2012, 11:58 pm // John ServaisA new private website displays crimes by dates, on a Bellingham map, or by graphs for all citizens to use.
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Tue, Jan 31, 2012, 12:58 am // Riley SweeneyRiley updates us on the latest facts coming to light about City of Bellingham employee moonlighting
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Thu, Jan 19, 2012, 2:17 am // John ServaisNWCitizen.com went black for Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012, as a protest against proposed legislation, SOPA and PIPA. Here is what was posted.
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Tue, Jan 17, 2012, 8:28 pm // John ServaisOn Wednesday, thousands of websites will go dark to show opposition to SOPA. I will be posting a single article explaining who SOPA is so bad.
Fri, Dec 30, 2011, 1:59 pm // Wendy HarrisDecide for yourself if this blog comment, posted under my own name, should have been flagged and removed from the Bellingham Herald Online Edition.
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Tue, Dec 27, 2011, 1:55 pm // Riley SweeneyRiley questions Pike's timing, and Occupy's choice of tactics
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Thu, Dec 15, 2011, 2:44 pm // Riley SweeneyLocal blogger Shane Roth files ethical complaint over Crawford's sweetheart deals
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Wed, Nov 30, 2011, 7:51 pm // Riley SweeneyMore on the city employee moonlighting issue
Mon, Nov 28, 2011, 6:29 pm // Riley SweeneyThe Political Junkie breaks a story of employee moonlighting within city of Bellingham
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Mon, Nov 21, 2011, 2:00 am // Guest writerWith budget woes, Bellingham passes on safety in favor of cash. Starting in 2008, Bellingham officials were coached by ATS on how to get Red Light cameras through…
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Thu, Oct 20, 2011, 7:57 am // Riley SweeneyRiley makes a pitch for Steve Harris as your next sheriff
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Sat, Oct 08, 2011, 3:29 pm // Riley SweeneyRiley reports on the Occupy Bellingham Rally
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Sun, Sep 25, 2011, 12:11 pm // John ServaisWall Street protests have been ongoing for over a week - but U.S. corporate news media have been covering them up.
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Tue, Sep 06, 2011, 6:54 pm // John ServaisCity voters can "advise" through the ballot measure this fall. Up to city council if it stays on ballot.
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Wed, Jun 22, 2011, 2:07 am // Ellen MurphyWhere are the police when aggression and naked greed take us all for a ride?
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Mon, Apr 04, 2011, 5:00 pm // Riley SweeneyRiley Sweeney reports on April 2nd Labor Rally
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Mon, Feb 21, 2011, 6:17 am // Riley SweeneyRiley Sweeney talks about why it is time for legalization of hemp
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Wed, Feb 09, 2011, 3:00 pm // Riley SweeneyRiley Sweeney compiles several local writings about the County Council breaking the law
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Fri, Feb 04, 2011, 5:29 pm // Riley SweeneyRiley Sweeney talks about the Jail Meeting
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Mon, Jan 31, 2011, 12:06 pm // Riley SweeneyRiley Sweeney urges you to go to jail . . . meeting
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Sun, Jan 09, 2011, 12:56 pm // John ServaisSarah Palin's violence-laced rhetoric shares the blame for the Arizona massacre.
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Fri, Dec 31, 2010, 7:39 pm // Paul deArmondYellow lights in Bellingham are observed and commented on, as Bellingham prepares for red light cameras.
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Wed, Dec 01, 2010, 9:59 pm // John ServaisUpdated Dec 3. I support WikiLeaks and their release of government documents so citizens can vote intelligently.
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Sat, Nov 27, 2010, 8:19 pm // John ServaisTSA puts young mother with a bag of breast milk through an illegal and unbelievable process.
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Tue, Nov 23, 2010, 10:06 am // John ServaisSeth Fleetwood was one vote against, saying this is an Orwellian notion.
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Fri, Nov 19, 2010, 12:32 pm // John ServaisRevenue, not safety, is the reason for red light cameras.
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Mon, May 03, 2010, 6:36 am // Riley SweeneyIs the referendum/initiative process about being a citizen legislator, or more like voting to put something on the ballot?
Mon, Apr 12, 2010, 6:55 am // Riley SweeneyRiley Sweeney talks about his favorite justice and who the President should appoint
Thu, Oct 01, 2009, 5:20 pm // Larry HorowitzIf you are interested in saving Chuckanut Ridge, there is some glimmer of hope for preserving this ecologically-rich and environmentally-sensitive property. If you are willing to make a…
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Sat, Jul 04, 2009, 4:06 pm // John Servais
Salute to the 4th of July and our celebration of Independence from foreign governance, invasion or control. May we some day have the wisdom to grant the same…
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Wed, May 27, 2009, 4:58 pm // Guest writerGuest writer Paud de Armond has followed this issue closely.
Tuesday, May 26, Division One of the Washington Appeals Court handed down a ruling in the case of Perry…
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Thu, Feb 12, 2009, 8:36 pm // Larry HorowitzHave you ever wondered how truly livable cities become undesirable hell holes? Do the people who run these highly attractive areas into the ground merely fail to comprehend…
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Tue, Jan 20, 2009, 3:22 pm // John ServaisAmericans and people all around the world celebrate.
We celebrate that a black man has transcended our national racism. But more than 80% of Americans are excited because…
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Thu, Oct 09, 2008, 2:57 pm // John ServaisOn Tuesday in court, County prosecutor David McEachran lost big time in his attempted prosecution of Jeffrey Gargaro for supposedly making a felony threat on the Bellingham Herald…
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Sun, Sep 28, 2008, 2:32 am // John ServaisSep 30 addition - see bottom of article for interesting additional information about a Herald reporter relevant to this prosecution.
Dave McEachran's prosecution of Jeffrey Ga
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Sat, Sep 20, 2008, 4:43 pm // John ServaisDave McEachran, our Whatcom County Prosecuting Attorney, seems to have a problem with citizen freedoms. He is now prosecuting a nice normal citizen for some poorly worded blog…
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