Seattle Police Department - please deny request for surveillance footage from Cafe Racer
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Seattle Police Department - please deny request for surveillance footage from Cafe Racer

    1. Ava Shockley
    2. Petition by

      Ava Shockley

      Seattle, WA

The families and friends of the people killed at Cafe Racer in Seattle suffered great loss on May 30, 2012, grief compounded by the widely distributed still images taken from the surveillance video of the attack. While we understand the law as it pertains to Freedom of Information requests, we ask that the Seattle Police Department respect the wishes of the community and not make copies of the surveillance footage from Cafe Racer for distribution. We recognize the media as members of the community and ask that they act as a community members to avoid inflicting further pain on those who are still struggling to heal from this tragedy. We ask they be willing to do any necessary investigative research on the footage at the police station and not by obtaining a copy which could fall into the wrong hands and cause harm to the community.

Recent signatures


    1. Small Victory!

      Ava Shockley
      Petition Organizer

      The Seattle Times has agreed that if viewing of the footage is necessary to an investigation, they will do so at the police station instead of requesting that a copy be made. This keeps the sensitive material where it is safe fromt the public and cannot do further harm. We appreciate their compromise. However, this will not keep similar requests from being made by others in the future. Therefore, the goal of the petition is no longer to request the media back away from their request, but to ask the protection of the SPD and courts from future requests, as well. We want to show that the public good is not served by this information becoming public and that the public wants the evidence to stay in the hands of the police alone.

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. Decision-maker Chris Anderson responds:

      Chris Anderson

      I am not the appropriate person at KING5 to contact regarding this - my name is Casey Anderson and I am in the sales division. Please call KING5 tomorrow at 206-448-5555 to request the correct email address for the person you are attemp...

    4. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Doris Beck MILLEDGEVILLE, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because it's the right thing to do. Nothing good will be gained by releasing the footage.

    • Linda Wold SEATTLE, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      There is absolutely no need, aside from any criminal or legal follow-up, for these photos to be made accessible to any other group or interested party. Media requests are, pure and simple, attempts to satisfy morbid curiosity and, in so doing, gain monetarily.

    • Esperanza Borboa SEATTLE, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Media needs to be sensitive to families who experience tragedies like this. Ratings and the "top story of the day" must take a back seat to basic human empathy and doing the right thing.

    • Jessica Severance SEATTLE, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      So many people in the Seattle community were touched by the loss of this tragic incident. Please be conscious of the community and especially of the family and friends of those directly effected. Do not make any of these images public, doing so would be a grievous misconduct and use of power.

    • Renee McCoy SEATTLE, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      respect of the people, as not to relive the memory. As the man whom caused it is gone too, so no more info will help the tragic case..sad event, for sure.


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