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June 3, 2014 at 6:06 AM

Seattle police lawsuit: Hold police accountable

Some Seattle police officers have filed a lawsuit objecting to the court-monitored use-of-force policy [“Reform Seattle police, without the drama,” Opinion, June 1]. They appear to say they want to use force and shoot at their own discretion.

As a civil-rights lawyer, I see the other side. I represent the unarmed victims of police gunfire and their families. Some are maimed. Some are killed. None should have been shot.

The use-of-force policy reforms are a step in the right direction. Those who claim to carry guns in our name must be accountable.

Rather than whining, police departments should develop rigorous policy enforcement, supervision and training. Police shootings of unarmed civilians should become a thing of the past.

John Muenster, Bainbridge Island

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