Critics Say Bombastic Podcast that Replaced Police Union Newspaper Represents a Strategic Shift at SPOG

Critics Say Bombastic Podcast that Replaced Police Union Newspaper Represents a Strategic Shift at SPOG

By Paul Kiefer The Guardian, the official newspaper of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild (SPOG), went out of print a few months into the pandemic. The paper’s disappearance was a sign of an important shift within Seattle’s largest police union, and one that closed a window into the guild’s interior life. The print-only newspaper, which had a circulation of about 3,000 at its peak, was read mostly by police officers, retired police officers, labor organizers and city hall staffers. When articles from the paper did make it into the public eye, they were generally buoyed by controversy, like a 2011 opinion piece in which an officer called a training course on racial profiling an attack on “American values” and described Seattle’s elected leaders as a “quaint socialist cabal.” Among SPOG …
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