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Officer not punished for ‘inappropriate’ advice

Kamie Ethridge coaches the WSU women’s basketball team on Feb. 2, 2020. A police officer fined Ethridge $150 for a gathering without masks or social distancing in her driveway. The officer said it is best to keep gatherings “out of sight, out of mind.”

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

October 1, 2020

The Pullman Police Department decided to not discipline an officer who suggested people stay “out of sight, out of mind” during a large gathering that occurred last month on a WSU coach’s property. Officer Garrett Willis fined Kamie Ethridge, head coach for WSU women’s basketball team, on...

Pullman Police review use of force policies

Police Chief Gary Jenkins said the public’s perception of the chokehold is important in determining whether the community trusts the police.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

September 29, 2020

The Pullman Police Department will review its policies on use-of-force, with the police chief saying they are reconsidering the use of “chokeholds,” or vascular neck restraint, on suspects.  Police Chief Gary Jenkins said the vascular neck restraint is non-lethal but can look worse than it i...

WSU considers consequences for those who violate public health orders

Phil Weiler, WSU vice president for marketing and communications, said faculty and coaches follow a different process than students when accused of violating certain measures.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

September 22, 2020

As Pullman remains one of the COVID-19 hot spots, WSU officials are being pressured to amplify punishments for those who receive public safety infractions. The university does not want to pursue expulsive action against those who violate social distancing or are caught throwing large gatherings, said Phil Weiler, ...

Political group hosts First Amendment rally in Pullman

Activists walk across Reaney Park to join a small group of other activists for a rally supporting First Amendment rights Saturday afternoon.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

September 20, 2020

About 20 individuals gathered for a First Amendment rally hosted by the political group Patriot Prayer on Saturday afternoon at Reaney Park.  Participants gathered to object to the Pullman Police Department’s enforcement of Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 restrictions, according to the group’s ...

WSU students’ attempt to return to normal is ‘fueling the epidemic’

WSU’S COVID-19 testing sites moved to the entrance of Beasley Coliseum due to wildfire smoke on campus Tuesday. The testing at Beasley is being conducted by the National Guard and is free for all WSU students. Testing is available on site 12-6 p.m. through Friday.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

September 17, 2020

Despite local restrictions on social gatherings and WSU’s switch to distance learning, Pullman currently has the second greatest daily COVID-19 case average by population in the U.S.  In the last 26 days, 924 cases were confirmed within Whitman County. Before that, there were 142 confirmed positive cases over an approximately five-mon...

Weekend sees dramatic rise in police calls about public safety violations

Of the 509 positive cases, 331 or 65 percent are reported in people aged 20-39 years, according to the Whitman County press release.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

September 1, 2020

Pullman Police responded to at least 35 calls of social distancing and noise violations between Thursday and Sunday, according to police logs.  Police officers issued a total of eight tickets over this time, said Police Chief Gary Jenkins. The other calls were determined not to violate social dista...

Police committee to host open forum discussing policies, community concerns

Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins hopes the Black Lives Summit will help determine what the department needs to work on.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

August 28, 2020

The Pullman Police Advisory Committee is organizing a Black Lives Summit in November allowing the community to voice its concerns to the Pullman Police Department. Pullman PD will communicate what its policies are during the summit. This includes sharing changes the department is trying to make in cons...

Pullman police now writing tickets for COVID-19 social distancing violations

Pullman police now writing tickets for COVID-19 social distancing violations

JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter

August 27, 2020

The Pullman Police Department will immediately issue fines to people not following social distancing guidelines instead of providing warnings. People hosting large parties are choosing to ignore the information provided by police, said Pullman Police Cmdr. Jake Opgenorth. Warnings and education did n...

Pullman PD suspends in-person operations due to COVID-19

The Pullman Police Department is closed to visitors and in-person services.

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen news editor

August 26, 2020

The Pullman Police Department closed its in-person operations due to an increase of local COVID-19 cases.  In-person operations like facility tours, citizen ride-alongs and some fingerprinting services are suspended until further notice, said Pullman Police Cmdr. Jake Opgenorth. However, operations ...

Police begin enforcing COVID-19 public safety regulations

Pullman Police and WSU Police will be issuing referrals and warning to groups and individuals violating public safety regulations.

MICHELLE PAREDES STRONG, Evergreen reporter

August 25, 2020

Pullman Police and WSU Police will enforce COVID-19 public safety regulations by requiring residents to wear masks, practice social distancing and avoid gatherings of over 10 people, following the safety regulations set by state and local health officials. Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins said in a ...

Councilmembers approve technology updates for police

Police Chief Gary Jenkins said the department's five-year agreement with Axon Enterprise will expire soon. The agreement supplies the department with body-worn cameras, in-car cameras and other technology services.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

August 19, 2020

Editor's Note: Coverage from the Aug. 11 meeting is included at the bottom of the article.  Pullman City Council approved an agreement with Axon Enterprise to provide and update body-worn cameras, in-car cameras and other technology services for the Pullman Police Department during its meeting Tue...

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...

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