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Originally published February 25, 2012 at 3:22 PM | Page modified February 25, 2012 at 4:41 PM

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Memorial totem pole for slain carver being raised Sunday

Slain carver John T. Williams' family and friends carved a memorial totem pole being raised now in commemoration of Williams' birthday this month.

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Seattle officials say more than 1,000 people are expected Sunday to accompany the John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole from Pier 57 to Seattle Center, where it will be raised in a ceremony.

Williams, 50, a First Nations woodcarver, was shot by Seattle police Officer Ian Birk in 2010 when Birk saw him walking with his knife. Birk later resigned from the force.

A review board found the shooting unjustified. The shooting and the controversy surrounding it led to promises of change in police training.

Williams' brother and other friends and family members carved the pole as a symbol of calm and healing. It is being raised now in commemoration of Williams' birthday this month.

The march begins at 10 a.m.; the pole raising is scheduled for 1 p.m. on the Broad Street Green at the Center.

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