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.
Today Mayor Tim Burgess and Council member Lorena Gonzalez announced that the city had reached agreement on a labor contract with SPMA, the union for SPD’s lieutenants and captains, and SPMA’s members had ratified it.
“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.
This afternoon, Mayor Ed Murray issued an executive order directing the rollout of body-worn cameras on all Seattle Police Department officers.
The Mayor’s big announcement yesterday that he’s cutting off the District Councils tops this morning’s news.
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.
Last night’s rally in support of REI employees tops the news this morning.