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Robart clarifies path forward for SPOG contract

This afternoon Judge James Robart held a status conference with the parties in the consent decree between the city and the Department of Justice over police misconduct. The issue at hand: now that the city has negotiated a new police contract, how and when to put that in front of Robart for his blessing.

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The city won a battle with the Trump administration. Or did it?

This morning, the Mayor’s Office announced that the Trump Administration had backed down from its threats to withhold federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities” and moved forward with a 2017 grant of $252,000.  “Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions blinked, Seattle won, and public safety prevailed,” Durkan said.

The fine print suggests otherwise.

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DOJ threatens Seattle over sanctuary city policy

Back in January, the Department of Justice sent letters to several cities and counties, including King County, expressing concern over sanctuary city policies, demanding further documentation of existing policies, and threatening consequences if its demands are not met.  Yesterday the DOJ sent the same letter to the City of Seattle, with the same demands and threats.

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City submits its plan for police reform “sustainability period”

Back in January, U.S. District Court Judge James Robart ruled that the City of Seattle was in “full and effective compliance” with the consent decree that it signed with the Department of Justice over police misconduct. That declaration kicked off a two-year “sustainment period” in which the city must show that it can fully implement the remainder of its plan and remain in compliance with the consent decree. Last Friday, the City submitted its plan for what will happen over the next two years.

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DOJ rescinds guidance on marijuana enforcement, Durkan and Holmes defiant

This morning U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo rescinding Obama-era guidance on federal enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as it relates to marijuana.  Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes had sharp words in response.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan responding to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ memo rescinding guidance on de-prioritizing enforcement of marijuana laws

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Lyles shooting takes center stage in Consent Decree case

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.

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Durkan, Holmes, Gonzalez stand up to “bully” Trump over Sanctuary City policies

This morning, Mayor Durkan, City Attorney Holmes, King County Council President Joe McDermott, and City Council member Lorena Gonzalez held a joint press conference to double-down on their support for the city’s “welcoming city” policies, to release a letter sent to the DOJ on the topic, and to announce funding for programs to support Seattle’s immigrant community and DACA recipients.

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