'Ask A...'®
KUOW's Ask A Cop event at the Tukwila Community Center
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KUOW's Ask A Cop event at the Tukwila Community Center
Credit: KUOW PHOTO/LISA WANG

Ask a cop, get beyond 'protect and serve'

“To protect and serve.” That’s the motto of many police agencies. But recent police shootings in Seattle and around the nation have undermined respect for the job cops do.

What do cops from around King County have to say about the role they play in our society? Most of us don't get a chance to talk to police officers about their work and how they impact our communities.

KUOW hosted a “Ask a Cop” event to prompt more conversation.

KUOW’s 'Ask A...'® events create a safe and respectful environment for people to explore each other's views. We set up one-on-one conversations for six minutes. After that, a bell rings, chairs are swapped and another conversation begins. At the end, we host a group discussion and a meal.

This event took place at the Tukwila Community Center on Saturday, September 16, 2017. You can listen in to some of the conversations below.

April and Chris KUOW's Ask a Cop event
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April and Chris KUOW's Ask a Cop event
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April and Chris

Carol and Kim at KUOW's Ask a Cop event
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Carol and Kim at KUOW's Ask a Cop event
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Carol and Kim

Shilo and Carol at KUOW's Ask a Cop event
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Shilo and Carol at KUOW's Ask a Cop event
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Shilo and Carol

Carl and Angela at KUOW's Ask a Cop event
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Carl and Angela at KUOW's Ask a Cop event
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Carl and Angela

Julie and Maggie at KUOW's Ask a Cop event
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Julie and Maggie at KUOW's Ask a Cop event
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Julie and Maggie

Martin and Brandon at KUOW's Ask a Cop event
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Martin and Brandon at KUOW's Ask a Cop event
Credit: KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

Martin and Brandon

Jennifer and Carl at KUOW's Ask a Cop event
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Jennifer and Carl at KUOW's Ask a Cop event
Credit: KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

Jennifer and Carl