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Judge tells police to release video from Native man's shooting (12/17)
A judge ordered the police department in Seattle, Washington, to release a video from the August 30 fatal shooting of John T. Williams, a traditional Native woodcarver. The video comes from the dashboard camera of officer Ian Birk. The actual...

Officer waited four seconds before shooting Native wood carver (11/16)
A police officer waited just four seconds before opening fire and killing John T. Williams, a traditional Native woodcarver, The Seattle Times reports. Officer Ian Birk saw Williams, 50, carrying a wood carving knife and a piece of wood in...

Knife carried by Native wood carver was found in closed position (11/10)
A knife that was carried by John T. Williams, a traditional Native woodcarver who was fatally shot by police officer, was found in the closed position minutes after the incident, The Seattle Times reports. Williams, who often carried a knife...

Reports: Fatal shooting of Native woodcarver ruled not justified (10/15)
The shooting of John T. Williams, a traditional Native woodcarver, was not justified, the Seattle Police Department's Firearms Review Board has determined. The Seattle Times and KIRO-TV reported that the board made a preliminary finding last week. A final determination...

County orders inquest of fatal shooting of Native woodcarver (10/12)
King County, Washington, has ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of a John T. Williams, a traditional woodcarver, by a police officer in Seattle. The county will assign a judge to preside over the inquiry. A six-member jury will...

Autopsy: Native carver was shot four times in his side by officer (10/06)
John T. Williams, a traditional woodcarver, was shot four times in the right side of his body by a police officer, according to autopsy results released by the family's attorney. Williams, 50, was not facing the officer when he was...

Board in Washington opens probe into shooting of Native man (10/04)
The Seattle Police Department's Firearms Review Board has begun its inquiry into the shooting of John T. Williams, a traditional woodcarver. Williams, 50, was shot by a police officer on August 30. He was a member of the Dididaht First...

Justice Department monitors probe into shooting of Native man (09/21)
The Department of Justice is monitoring the investigation into the fatal shooting of John T. Williams, a traditional woodcarver. Williams, who was a member of the Dididaht First Nation of British Columbia, was shot by a police officer in Seattle,...

Mayor in Seattle calls officer shooting of Native man an 'injustice' (09/17)
Several hundred people held a march in Seattle, Washington, on Thursday to protest the police shooting of John T. Williams, who was a traditional woodcarver. The group started at the intersection where Williams, 50, was shot and killed on August...

Police department makes changes after First Nations man's death (09/16)
The police department in Seattle, Washington, announced an overhaul in response to the fatal shooting of John T. Williams. Chief John Diaz said the department will complete its investigation into the August 30 shooting of Williams, who was a traditional...

Editorial: Officer shooting of Native man threatens public's trust (09/10)
"In the wake of the shooting death of a Native American totem carver, there has thankfully been an absence of the blue wall of silence. Seattle Police Chief John Diaz's conciliatory tone and outreach to the Native American community is...

Police promise better outreach after fatal shooting of Native man (09/09)
Police officials in Seattle, Washington, say they want to build a better relationship with the Native community after John T. Williams, a traditional carver, was fatally shot by an officer last week. Seattle Police Chief John Diaz and interim Deputy...

Native leaders seek inquiry of police shooting of traditional carver (09/08)
Native leaders in Washington and in British Columbia, Canada, are calling for an inquiry into the fatal shooting of a traditional carver by a police officer in Seattle. John T. Williams, a member of the Dididaht First Nation, belonged to...

First Nations in mourning after fatal shooting of traditional carver (09/03)
The Dididaht First Nation of British Columbia is in shock after one of its traditional carvers, John T. Williams, was fatally shot by a police officer in Seattle, Washington. Chief Jack Thompson is on his way to Seattle to...

Gyasi Ross: What are we doing about the shooting of Native man? (09/03)
Once again, Native blood has been spilled at the hands of Seattle's authorities. On August 30th, 2010, Seattle Police Officer Ian Birk shot and killed a 50 year-old Native "homeless" carver, John Williams. Williams was carrying a piece of...

First Nations man shot and killed by officer was deaf in one ear (09/02)
A First Nations man who was shot and killed by a police officer in Seattle, Washington, was deaf in one ear, family and friends said. John T. Williams, a member of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth First Nation of British Columbia, was...

First Nations man shot and killed by police officer in Washington (09/01)
John T. Williams, a member of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth First Nation of British Columbia, was shot and killed by a police officer in Seattle, Washington, on Monday. Williams, 50, was reportedly seen carrying a knife and a piece of wood. The...