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.
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.
Last Friday the Mayor released his proposal for police reform legislation, submitting it to the judge overseeing the consent decree. Running to 53 pages, it offers a new structure for civilian oversight of SPD as well as a number of other measures to increase transparency and accountability.
In a stunning ruling today that raises all sorts of separation-of-powers issues, U.S. District Judge James Robart inserted himself into the middle of the process of drafting and adopting legislation establishing a system of accountability for the Seattle Police Department.
Happy Monday! Let’s get to this morning’s news.
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On to the news…
Happy Friday! Today’s news is mostly a continuation of yesterday’s.
This morning’s news roundup covers yesterday’s busy news day related to police reform and changes in the leadership of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild after some ill-advised social media posts.
Lots of SPD news this morning. Plus the Mayor’s announcement of a new homeless shelter.