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March Against Monsanto

When: May 23rd from 12pm – 3:30pm
Where: Westlake Park

For more information, visit: http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/

Northwest Folklife

When: May 22nd – 25th, Memorial Day Weekend
Where: Seattle Center

For more information, visit: http://www.nwfolklife.org/festival2015/

Bus and Bicyclist Accident in International District

Detectives are on scene after a cyclist and bus collided during the Monday morning commute.

Several witnesses called 911 when they saw a collision between a bus and a bicyclist at Rainier Ave South and South Jackson Street shortly before 8 AM.

Medics have transported the 26-year-old cyclist to Harborview Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

Traffic Collision Investigators are collecting evidence and speaking with witnesses as they conduct their investigation. The driver of the bus is cooperating with investigators at the scene.

Commuters should expect traffic impacts in the area while in investigation continues.

May Day Transit

On Friday, May 1, all commuters in the greater Seattle area are advised to expect possible significant delays in transit service due to traffic, crowds and congestion associated with multiple planned May Day events.

It is not possible at this time to know which streets will be affected or when. Metro staff will work throughout the day to advise transit customers of impacts to service as they happen. There are currently no pre-planned reroutes.

Any bus service that travels near or through the downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill areas may be subject to delays during Friday’s events. Bus riders are advised to plan accordingly, stay tuned to media sites for updates, revise travel plans if necessary and allow plenty of travel time.

Visit Metro’s Online Regional Trip Planner to find out how to get to and from events and locations.

Taco Libre Showdown

When: Saturday, May 2, 2015, 5pm – 11pm
Where: Pioneer Square/International District

For more information, visit: http://www.mobilefoodrodeo.com/partners/

March of Dimes – March for Babies

When: Friday, May 1, 7am – Saturday, May 2, 2015, 2pm
Where: Seattle Center

For more information, visit: http://www.marchofdimes.org/washington/

Seattle Easter Events

3rd Annual Cal Anderson Spring Egg Hunt
Argosy Cruises Easter Brunch
Easter Eggstravaganza
Hop, Skip and Jump To Bunny Bounce
Mighty Mites, “Egg” Stravaganza
Spring Egg Hunt (Seattle Parks and Recreation)
Spring Egg Hunts

Police Investigating Shooting at 3rd and Pine

Police are investigating a shooting downtown that sent one man to the hospital early Thursday morning.

Just before 3 AM, officers were responding to reports of shots fired in the area of 3rd Ave and Pine Street when they found a man down in the street with multiple gunshot wounds. Medics have transported the man to Harborview Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

CSI Detectives will be processing the scene and collecting evidence as Homicide investigators lead the ongoing investigation.

If you witnessed or have any information about the crime please call 206-233-5000, anonymous tips are welcome.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2015

When: Saturday, March 14, 2015, 12:30 – 1:30pm
Where: North on 4th Ave starting from Jefferson to the Reviewing Stand at Westlake Park, ending at the Seattle Center with Closing Ceremonies at 2pm

For more information, visit: http://irishclub.org/st-patricks-day-parade/

SPD YouTube Channel for Bodyworn Video

The Seattle Police Department is launching a new YouTube channel to showcase the work of high-tech community partners, who have joined the department to help increase transparency and accountability while balancing the privacy rights of citizens.

The new YouTube page, SPD BodyWornVideo, comes after the department’s first-ever Hackathon, held in December. At that event, several local civic hackers presented early versions of new tools to help SPD automatically redact police videos, while still meeting Washington State’s privacy laws. The aim is to speed the release of videos, which now go through a time-consuming manual redaction to protect privacy.

SPD is testing some of these tools to redact video from the department’s new body-worn camera pilot project. The resulting video is debuting on the SPD BodyWornVideo page.

Tim Clemans, part of SPD’s volunteer force of hackers, developed the first tool being tested. It blurs video to protect privacy and was used to redact images and eliminate sound from bodycam video taken during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day demonstrations.

Using Clemans’ process, it only took half a day to redact more than four hours of footage for posting online. The old method would have required days of work. A simple manual redaction in a one minute video, for example, can take specialists upwards of half-an-hour, whereas more complicated edits—like blurring multiple faces or pieces of audio—can take much, much longer.

The department will continue with this innovative program of working with local tech volunteers to improve these tools and will make them available free of charge to other law enforcement agencies as they are refined.

Creation of the new YouTube channel comes the same week the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a resolution providing a framework for dealing with technologies that impact privacy. SPD is a co-sponsor of the Citywide Privacy Initiative, along with the Department of Information Technology.

Mike Wagers, the department’s Chief Operating Officer, said the new YouTube channel, and ongoing development of video redaction tools, accomplishes several goals.

“Mayor Murray and Chief O’Toole have made enhancing public trust a cornerstone of police reforms in Seattle. This is certainly one important component. It also underscores our commitment to privacy,” Wagers said. “And, it demonstrates that we are committed to working with local tech talent to transform the Seattle Police Department into a national leader when it comes to its use of technology.”

This demonstration project also is happening at the same time that Wagers is in Washington DC, working with the U.S. Department of Justice and other experts from around the country to build a roadmap for police agencies looking to equip their officers with body-worn cameras.

Recognizing the innovative work of the Seattle Police Department, the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), part of the DOJ, asked Wagers to serve on an expert panel that will provide advice on the development of a web-based clearinghouse of information and resources. The BJA will create a toolkit to provide guidance and a model policy for other law enforcement agencies across the country as they implement body-worn camera programs.

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