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Local BLM activists, police chief respond to memo about march for racial equality

The Palouse in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter organized a protest on June 12. The Pullman Police Chief issued a memo about the demonstration.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

July 3, 2020

A local Black Lives Matter group criticized a memo by Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins, stating it mischaracterized the organization and discouraged people from attending its march on June 12. The Palouse in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter sent a letter to the Moscow-Pullman Daily News on June 18 clarifyin...

Pullman Police to enforce mask mandate with education, warnings

Pullman Police to enforce mask mandate with education, warnings

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 26, 2020

A public health order from John Wiesman, Washington Secretary of Health, requires every individual in the state, starting today, to wear a face covering or receive potential penalties. Individuals who do not comply with the order could be charged with a misdemeanor under RCW 70.05.120, said Jessica ...

Pullman police officials outline policies, policing philosophy

Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins said officers attended a week-long training on use of force after the department was scrutinized for using force on a former WSU football player in 2017.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

June 17, 2020

In Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins' open letter, he wrote that he is committed to holding himself and his department accountable so the tragedy in Minneapolis will not repeat itself in Pullman. “Condemnation of unacceptable conduct by law enforcement officers is not enough,” Jenkins wrote. “Law ...

Alerting police can help keep demonstrations peaceful, local organizers say

Samantha Fulgham, organizer of the march through Pullman on May 30, said organizing a demonstration is about building a safe, open platform.

LUKE HUDSON, Evergreen reporter

June 12, 2020

Activists and city officials recommend demonstration organizers contact police if they are planning a demonstration. Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins said the department wants to work with organizers to protect their right to protest and de-escalate tense situations should they arise.  “Th...

Pullman police, city council officials condemn actions of Minneapolis officer

Chief of Police Gary Jenkins said a commander reads use-of-force reports and look at footage from body cameras to make sure the force was necessary and within policy.

ALANA LACKNER, Evergreen reporter

May 30, 2020

The Pullman Police Department condemned the actions of a police officer in Minneapolis who killed 46-year-old George Floyd, as well as the officers who were complicit with the murder.  Chief of Police Gary Jenkins said he believes there is no place in the force for people like Derek Chauvin, the offi...

Local police address crime in wake of COVID-19

Gary Jenkins, Pullman chief of police, said the department has minimized contact officers have with residents by writing tickets for some violations instead of making arrests.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

May 22, 2020

Crime in Pullman dropped sharply between March and May of this year, according to Gary Jenkins, Pullman Chief of Police. Jenkins said the department saw nearly a 29 percent drop in crime during the COVID-19 shutdown. Some reports mentioned concern about a rise in domestic violence cases. Jenkins sai...

Officers respond to apparent suicide at Sunnyside Park

Whitman County Coroner Annie Pillers said the official coroner’s report will be released later this week.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 20, 2020

A 51-year-old female died from an apparent suicide May 12 at Sunnyside Park in Pullman. Pullman Police officers responded to a 911 call at 5 p.m. from a park-goer. The caller reported a woman’s body hanging from a tree in the area above the community garden, said Pullman Police Cmdr. Jake Opgenorth. Offic...

Car pursuit, chase on foot leads to arrest

Car pursuit, chase on foot leads to arrest

LAUREN ELLENBECKER, Evergreen reporter

April 3, 2020

A high-speed pursuit involving an armed Idaho man ended peacefully in Pullman Wednesday evening. Deputies from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office received a vandalism complaint around 7:30 p.m. at Nisqually John Landing on Wawawai Road, according to a press release from the Whitman County She...

Officials share concerns about COVID-19 patients

Pullman Fire Chief Mike Heston said first responders need to know where COVID-19 patients are located so responders can protect themselves from potential exposure.

ANGELICA RELENTE, Evergreen reporter

April 2, 2020

As the health department in Whitman County continues to provide updates on confirmed COVID-19 cases, Pullman officials questioned its reasoning behind not releasing any identifying information during the online city council meeting Tuesday night. Councilmember Brandon Chapman said he knows of other counties that...

Pullman first responders prepare for COVID-19

Pullman Fire Chief Mike Heston said firefighters are wearing personal protective equipment while on call.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

March 26, 2020

Pullman Fire, Pullman Police and WSU Police are practicing new protocols and following guidelines that include social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Pullman Fire Pullman Fire Chief Mike Heston said firefighters are carrying gloves, masks and eye protection. They also sometimes carry...

City declared state of emergency by mayor

City declared state of emergency by mayor

BROOKLYNN HILLEMANN, Evergreen reporter

March 12, 2020

Mayor Glenn Johnson declared a State of Emergency for the City of Pullman as the COVID-19 virus continues to spread.  According to a press release issued by Pullman Police Department, the emergency declaration describes potential future assistance in regards to COVID-19. Gary Jenkins, Pullman...

Cleanup to cause temporary parking restrictions

JARED BRADLEY, Evergreen reporter

March 10, 2020

Parking on College Hill will be partially restricted over spring break in order to clean the city’s streets from winter debris.  Vehicles found parked on affected streets between 2 and 9 a.m. can be cited and towed, according to the press release.  Affected roadways include: NE Maide...

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