While the Mayor’s Office has been moving forward with the selection process for a new Chief of Police, the Community Police Commission (CPC) has continued to scrutinize the process used to narrow the candidate list to three — and press for increased transparency.
There was a lot more heat than light today when it came to the blowback from last Friday’s announcement of the three finalists for Chief of Police.
Three days after the finalists for Chief of Police were announced, the controversy doesn’t appear to be dying down. Some more documents have been made public, however, that shed a bit more light on what transpired last week.
This afternoon, the three finalists for the position of Chief of Police were announced: one from Minneapolis, one from Pittsburgh, and one from Austin. All three are men; two are people of color. But the list of three finalists is not sitting well with some stakeholders.
Last week a King County Superior Court judge dismissed Solid Ground from the wrongful death lawsuit that the estate and family of Charleena Lyles filed last year.
This afternoon, the City Council announced that Lisa Judge has been nominated to serve as the city’s first Inspector General for Public Safety.
Last week, the City of Seattle submitted to U.S. District Court Judge James Robart a plan for evaluation and reporting over the next two years, as it works to sustain its compliance with the 2012 consent decree requiring police reforms. Today, Robart issued an order approving that plan.
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.
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.