When Judge James Robart found the City of Seattle in initial compliance with the consent decree earlier this year, it started a two-year countdown for a “sustainment period” before the consent decree is lifted. During that period, the city agreed to provide quarterly reports detailing status of reform efforts, statistics on policing and use of force, and continuing efforts to reform the police department’s practices.
The first of those reports was filed with the court on Tuesday. The department also submitted some proposed changes to its “use of force” policy for Robart’s approval.
Continue reading SPD files first quarterly report of consent decree sustainment period, updates use of force policy
This afternoon, the City Council announced that Lisa Judge has been nominated to serve as the city’s first Inspector General for Public Safety.
Continue reading Lisa Judge nominated to Inspector General for Public Safety
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.
Continue reading City submits its plan for police reform “sustainability period”
This morning, Council member Gonzalez gave a quick update on the search process for filling the Inspector General and OPA Director positions, two key roles in the police accountability process.
Continue reading Search for Inspector General and OPA Director moving forward (UPDATED)
Just over one week into Mayor Tim Burgess’ term, he has signed his first executive order: creating an internal, civilian-run office to oversee secondary employment of off-duty police officers.
Continue reading Burgess signs executive order on oversight of off-duty police work
“We had hoped that today would be the final thumbs up from Judge Robart to allow us to continue to move forward with the implementation of the accountability legislation,” said Council member Lorena Gonzalez this afternoon in a hastily-arranged press conference. “And obviously we did not get that final approval.”
A hearing that began this morning with U.S. District Court Judge James Robart kindly joking with Gonzalez, Council member Tim Burgess, and SPD Deputy Chief Carmen Best quickly turned into an opportunity for all parties — and especially the judge himself — to vent their frustrations.
Continue reading Police accountability legislation gets stuck in the mud, thanks to the police officers’ union
This afternoon, the Council will vote on enacting a “bias-free policing” ordinance into law, with one last-minute amendment to settle an argument from last week.
Continue reading Bias-free policing bill comes up for final vote this afternoon (UPDATED)
The Seattle Times has published a 45-page memo from SPD to the City Council, responding to the 34 questions they submitted following the death of Charleena Lyles at the hands of two SPD officers.
The answers are lengthy, and for the most part defy quick summaries as they dive into the nuances and complexities of the situation. SPD also refuses in many cases to speculate on what the outcome of the ongoing investigation will be. But the memo is an interesting and informative read.
This morning, the Council voted out of committee an ordinance on bias-free policing, an effort almost a year in the making.
Continue reading Bias-free policing bill passes out of committee
Today was the deadline for the DOJ and the current CPC to file comments with the District Court on the new police accountability legislation. They both did, and both recommended that the judge approve it.
Continue reading Police accountability legislation gets two thumbs up, needs one more