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The Today File

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March 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

McGinn accepts Seattle police monitoring plan

Mayor Mike McGinn today accepted the reform plan submitted by the independent monitor overseeing changes in the Seattle Police Department.

In a news release, the mayor’s office said:

“Today the mayor had a good conversation with Merrick Bobb in which he addressed a number of the concerns that the city of Seattle has had with the proposed monitoring plan. Based on that conversation, the mayor indicated to the monitor that the City accepts the monitoring plan submitted to the court with the mutual understanding that the plan is a living document that can be amended and that the parties will work together on timelines for adoption and implementation of reforms detailed in the Settlement Agreement.

“The mayor and the monitor also agreed to hold regular meetings so as to better align the work of the City and the monitor on reform, which the City Attorney will also attend. The Mayor’s Office and City Attorney staff will be working on a pleading for the court consistent with the mayor’s conversation with the monitor.”

McGinn has been locked in two-week dispute with City Attorney Pete Holmes over who had the authority to approve the plan, which drew some objections from the Police Department.

Bobb submitted his 23-page plan to a federal judge earlier this week, saying he planned close scrutiny of the Police Department’s efforts to curb excessive force and biased policing.

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