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October 22, 2013 at 2:38 PM
On the campaign trail, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has sought to portray his clashes with the Justice Department over police reform as a positive part of his first-term record.
McGinn frequently notes his role in the creation of the Community Police Commission, a 15-member group that provides citizen oversight and input into the police-reform effort.
At times, McGinn has suggested he had to drag the Justice Department into an agreement to create the commission, which became part of the consent decree settling the DOJ’s claims of unconstitutional use-of-force by police. For example, in an interview with the West Seattle Herald, McGinn said “This is something I got into the agreement and isn’t something the DOJ initially wanted. I had to fight for it…”
But Jenny Durkan, U.S. Attorney for Western Washington, is pushing back against McGinn’s version of history.
In a letter sent Monday to the CPC, Durkan told commissioners “you may be aware of recent public comments suggesting that the U.S. Department of Justice resisted the formation of a community oversight panel, and that this somehow delayed or prolonged the consent decree negotiations.”
That’s not true, Durkan wrote in the letter co-signed by Jonathan Smith, chief of the special litigation section for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
“As you know, the community has been at the heart of this matter from the start, and an oversight board was a concept the DOJ actively supported and continues to believe plays a critical role in effective and measurable reform,” the letter said.
September 28, 2012 at 7:00 AM
Good Morning, happy Friday:
Feet on the street: Here at the height of the 2012 national and state political season, Seattle officials are preparing to do battle over the proper number of new police officers to hire. This is one way of saying the 2013 Seattle mayor’s race is beginning. Silly me, I thought the starting date was after the November election. One relatively unknown candidate, Charlie Staadecker, announced Thursday that he will launch his mayoral bid Saturday at Franklin High School.
Well, thanks to passage of the library levy, an uptick in tax revenue, and some cost-savings, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s budget has some extra greenery to hire new police officers. You will recall, Seattle was on a five-year hiring program, with the goal of hiring roughly 100 officers over five years. That program was stalled/interrupted/stopped by the Great Recession. Now the new cash in the till has the mayor planning to hire 10 more officers next year.
But, two likely candidates for mayor in 2013, Councilmembers Tim Burgess and Bruce Harrell, have other ideas and other numbers in mind.
Gay people in pro-gay marriage ads: Gay marriage — up or down — is on the ballot in four states this November, Washington, Maine, Maryland and Minnesota, though in Minnesota, the vote is an attempt to ban gay marriage — not legalize it. The Associated Press did a story about the ads, especially in that state. The folks making the case for gay marriage tend not to be gay; they are often heterosexuals and suburbanites who appear in the ads and make the case for allowing gay marriage.
Kilmer significantly out front: In the 6th Congressional District, which covers the northern Tacoma, the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas, the latest KING TV SurveyUSA poll released Thursday night shows state Sen. Derek Kilmer way out in front of his Republican opponent, Bill Driscoll. If the election were held today, as they say in poll-ese, Kilmer would win by 15 points, 52 to 37 percent. This is retiring Congressman Norm Dicks’ old seat. The poll was conducted Sept. 21-23 among 628 likely statewide voters and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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