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FBI investigating off-duty work by Seattle police at construction sites, parking garages

An off-duty Seattle police officer stops oncoming traffic for a car coming out of a garage at 2nd Avenue and Union Street Thursday March 6, 2014. 

For a story by Steve Miletich on off-duty cops stopping traffic to give preferential treatment to cars coming out of private garages.

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With Seattle’s construction scene exploding, the off-duty jobs at work sites and new garages represent a huge source of income. Some are alleging two companies that hire off-duty officers for the jobs may have engaged in intimidation and possible price-fixing.

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