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Council debates structure and independence of police accountability system, but not really

Last Friday the City Council’s Gender Equity, Safe Communities and New Americans Committee met again to continue its deliberations on the proposed police accountability legislation. They considered amendments related to work plans, reporting, evaluations and budget. Threading through all of that was a recurring theme of “independence” and freedom from political pressure. But that wasn’t really what they were talking about.

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Lawyers on the Council geek out on bias-free policing bill

On Wednesday, Council President Bruce Harrell brought to the Council an early draft of an ordinance to prohibit biased policing and put remedies in place when it happens. If you’ve spent any time with lawyer — especially groups of lawyers — you know how much they love to nerd out over the fine points of the law. That was on full display Wednesday morning.

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Lots of fanfare for police accountability legislation today

“… perhaps the most important piece of legislation during my time in office.”

That’s how Mayor Ed Murray summed it up when he and two Council members held a press conference today to mark the official submission of police accountability legislation to the City Council.

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Police accountability legislation kicks into gear

Earlier this month, Judge Robart approved (with some conditions) draft legislation to address police accountability in Seattle. Now it’s the City Council’s turn to take up that bill and move it through its legislative process to make it law. And last week, Council member Lorena Gonzalez issued a press release outlining the timeline for that work.

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Judge Approves Draft Police Accountability Legislation, with a Few Changes

Today U.S. District Court Judge James Robart ruled on the draft legislation that the City of Seattle submitted in October for his review, which would create a new accountability structure over the Seattle Police Department. His concerns were few, and should be easily addressed.

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