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August 21, 2014 at 2:45 PM

City, federal monitor move to dismiss suit by SPD officers

  Attorneys for the city of Seattle asked a federal judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit in which more than 100 Seattle police officers are seeking to block new use-of-force policies stemming from federally mandated reforms. Shortly after, attorneys for  the federal monitor overseeing the reforms also filed a motion to dismiss, calling the officers’ claims “legally…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Seattle Police Department, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. District Court

February 4, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Murray: City making progress on police reforms

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and top federal officials, speaking this morning after a summit, said the city is making significant progress on police reforms, but that much work lies ahead, particularly on training and improving technology to measure the changes. Murray convened the rare meeting to discuss the 2012 settlement agreement in which the city agreed to…

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Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: Jenny Durkan, Seattle Police Department, U.S. Attorney's Office

June 21, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Community groups blast SPD and Justice Department over lack of progress

Frustrated by the pace of negotiations between Seattle police and the U.S. Department of Justice, nearly three dozen community groups announced this morning they will no longer cooperate with the Police Department’s “”20/20″ plan of proposed police improvements. The 34 groups, led by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and El Centro de la Raza, said…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Seattle Police Department, U.S. Department of Justice

June 11, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Former assistant chief to oversee SPD reforms

Former Seattle assistant police chief Harry C. Bailey, who retired in 2007, has been hired by Mayor Mike McGinn to help carry out the city’s plan to fix the Police Department. McGinn unveiled the “20/20″ plan in late March, calling for 20 changes in 20 months, after the U.S. Department of Justice found in December…

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Comments | Topics: Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle Police Department, U.S. Department of Justice

March 29, 2012 at 11:18 AM

McGinn announces major reforms for Seattle police

Mayor Mike McGinn and Police Chief John Diaz today announced a sweeping package of reforms in response to a scathing federal report on the Seattle Police Department following a series of high-profile incidents involving minorities. The 20 proposed reforms are aimed at “supporting a just and effective police force,” said McGinn during a news conference at…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: John Diaz, John T. Williams, Mayor Mike McGinn

December 21, 2011 at 12:29 PM

ACLU to McGinn: Address Justice Department concerns

The ACLU of Washington and numerous community groups have sent a letter to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn urging him to “make a strong public statement” by outlining his plans to address the issues raised by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in its report into the Seattle Police Department. The letter, signed by Kathleen Taylor, executive director…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: ACLU of Washington, Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle Police Department

December 15, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Justice Department to release findings of Seattle police probe

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday will release the results of its investigation into allegations of excessive use of force and biased policing by the Seattle Police Department. The announcement comes 11 months after the DOJ launched a preliminary review of the department, which was upgraded to a so-called “patterns and practices” investigation last…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Seattle Police Department, U.S. Department of Justice

December 1, 2011 at 3:21 PM

NAACP: Dropping charge against cop a 'punch in the face'

The president of the NAACP in Seattle said today that he and others in the community have lost confidence in the city’s elected leaders over the dismissal of an assault charge against a Seattle police officer and a decision to not quickly address federal concerns about protections afforded to officers who use force. “At this stage…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: NAACP, Seattle Police, U.S. Department of Justice