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'Welcome to the Circle!': Williams's Brother Embraces Police Officer, Forgiveness Begins


“I’ve been telling these cops to stay away from me for six years.”

Rick Williams, older brother of Seattle police shooting victim John T. Williams, sat at a picnic table on the Seattle Center grounds with his son Thunderheart. The seventh generation master carver of the Ditidaht tribe was training his son and helping him sell beautiful, handmade, painted totem poles. As chilly autumn breezes polished the trees and pushed around leaves, Rick described how he recently hugged a Seattle Police officer.

“I thought that was an appropriate place to make peace with the cops, there at the White Deer Crossing.”



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