Ashley Hiruko reports on topics involving policing and the behind-the-scenes conduct of city leaders. Her investigations have examined police killings, allegations of abuse and sex trafficking, and labor issues.
She lives in Seattle with her husband, son, and Maltese.
Languages Spoken: English
Professional Affiliations: Past President, Western Washington Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
A police watchdog investigation cleared a sergeant accused by Seattle police leadership of leaking a memo to the media about a sexual assault unit staffing crisis.
In Washington state, trafficking victims have just three years to seek civil compensation for the crimes and damage suffered. And then the door closes.
A statewide crisis line that debuted earlier this month is the first in the country to be specifically geared toward serving Native American and Alaska Native people, a resource that advocates say is much-needed.
Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the names Thursday of six people who will form a new advisory panel to provide recommendations on how Seattle police handle sexual assault investigations.
Castill Hightower woke to red and blue lights ricocheting off her bedroom walls. It was the middle of the night in north Seattle, and Hightower, then 17, saw police officers and flashing emergency vehicles outside her window.
The Seattle Police Department’s handling of a sex trafficking investigation into a local hip-hop artist may have further emboldened the man to harm more people, a judge ruled Tuesday, allowing a lawsuit against the musician, the police department, and the city to move forward.
A King County Superior Court judge will decide whether the city and the Seattle Police Department can be put on trial for allegedly mishandling a sex crimes investigation.
Investigation: 6 women accused a Seattle hip-hop artist of sex trafficking, allege police ‘did virtually nothing’
Editor’s note: This story contains descriptions of sexual assault and sex trafficking.
The tape recorder clicked on. It was a cold night in early December 2020 when William Guyer, a veteran Seattle Police detective, asked a young woman to recount months of alleged abuse and sexual assault.