Yesterday the Seattle Police Department issued their second annual Use of Force Report, a compilation of data on how and when SPD officers used various levels of force on suspects during 2017.
This afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge James Robart issued a ruling in the police use-of-force case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice that led to the consent decree and several years of police reform efforts.
On November 20th, Judge James Robart, who oversees the implementation of SPD’s consent decree directing police reform, issued an order asking the parties in the case to submit briefs on how two issues should influence his ruling on whether the city is in initial compliance with the consent decree: the shooting last June of Charleena Lyles, and the recent signing of new collective bargaining agreement with SPMA. The deadline to file those briefs was last Friday.
On Friday afternoon, the Seattle Police Department released several documents related to its internal investigation of the shooting death of Charleena Lyles at the hands of two police officers.
This morning, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that Chief of Police Kathleen O’Toole is resigning as of December 31st.
Lots of goings on today…
Today’s meetings were short and to the point.
Today Mayor Tim Burgess and Council member Lorena Gonzalez announced that the city had reached agreement on a labor contract with SPMA, the union for SPD’s lieutenants and captains, and SPMA’s members had ratified it.
Today the Department of Justice and the Community Police Commission both submitted briefs to Judge Robart urging him to find the Seattle Police Department in “full and effective compliance” with the consent decree.