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Seattle Confirms John Diaz As Chief

August 10, 2010  | 

The Seattle City Council has confirmed John Diaz as the new chief of the Seattle Police Department. Diaz had became interim chief after the department of Gil Kerlikowske for a job with the Obama administration.

Diaz took over the department, despite initial objections from African-American community leaders who had objected to his support for Officer Ian Walsh, who was captured on video punching a jaywalking teen, the Seattle Times reports.

Kerlikowske left last year to become head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

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