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Seattle's Interim Chief Leaves Department

April 08, 2013  | 

Jim Pugel (right) replaces John Diaz as Seattle PD's interim chief. Photos courtesy of SPD.
Jim Pugel (right) replaces John Diaz as Seattle PD's interim chief. Photos courtesy of SPD.

The Seattle Police Department's interim police chief said Monday he will leave his post in May, citing a DOJ settlement agreement and monitoring plan as one reason for his departure.

John Diaz had served as interim chief since June 2010, after Gil Kerlikowske left to become drug czar in the Obama administration. In December 2011, the Department of Justice accused the department of using excessive force and biased policing. In July, the agency agreed to a litany of reforms.

Assistant Chief Jim Pugel took over as interim chief from Diaz, the city's first Latino chief, reports the Seattle Times.

Tags: Seattle PD, Police Chiefs, Department of Justice


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Jim A @ 4/8/2013 6:34 PM

The Department of Justice is getting involved in WAY TOO MANY investigations of police departments. All it takes is a few complaints, some critical incidents, and false allegations with threats of lawsuits and DOJ marches in and makes more accusations. DOJ go away.

They go after the big departments and pound them in to submission. The real question is who is next? How much energy and power do they have? How small will they go?

therookie @ 4/8/2013 9:28 PM

Jim A., your correct. If the DOJ would take the time to honestly Police themselves they would all be in PRISON! Funny how AG Eric Holder, Obama, and his Administration can break the law outright, and not be held accountable. When an Agency and/or Police Officer truly does their job(s) they are damned. Hard times to be in Law Enforcement.

Bobc @ 4/9/2013 5:58 AM

this is the Obama administrations way of getting to departments and enduring they will do as told when the big gun grab comes. Most officers are Oath before Orders people and Obama doesnt like that.

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