From new training programs to better record-keeping, the Seattle Police Department is making good strides toward reform, according to the court-appointed monitor for the efforts.
The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday announced the results of an investigation into the Portland police department, saying officers use excessive force against mentally ill people — violations that include frequently discharging stun guns without justification.
A 19-year veteran Seattle police officer has been suspended after other officers said he used excessive force as they investigated a drive-by shooting involving a pellet gun.
Seattle officials have agreed to an independent monitor and court oversight of the city’s police department as part of a deal with the Justice Department following a report that found officers routinely used excessive force.
The U.S. Justice Department has threatened to sue Mayor Mike McGinn over allegations that Seattle police officers regularly use excessive force. McGinn is due to respond this week to DOJ demands for reforms in the Police Department.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has proposed a series of police reforms following a damning federal report after a series of high-profile incidents involving minorities.