Seattle totem pole honors woodcarver killed by police officer

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by TONYA MOSLEY / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 26, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 26 at 7:01 PM

In the shadow of the Space Needle in Seattle is a new attraction - a totem pole in honor of a woodcarver shot and killed by a Seattle police officer two years ago.

The officer who shot and killed John T. Williams was never charged. He later resigned.

Many felt and continue to feel that was an injustice.

The totem pole is the community's way of acknowledging that and also embracing and acknowledging a culture of people.

The pole was carried through the streets of Seattle on the shoulders of several hundred people to its home near the Space Needle.

"It's such a wonderful spot for everyone to recognize,” said Debbie Eagle.

The pole was paid for by private donors.

Williams’ brother says he wants visitors to see this pole and be intrigued to learn about the First Nations and Native American history - not the way his brother died.

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