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Seattle, Feds Agree On Police Reform

July 30, 2012  | 

Seattle officials agreed to an independent monitor and court oversight of the city's police department as part of an agreement announced Friday with the Justice Department following a damning report that found officers routinely used excessive force.

City and federal negotiators were involved in tense talks over the scope of a deal for months, and Justice Department lawyers had threatened to sue the city if a deal was not reached by July 31.

"It's no secret there were a few bumps in the road to get here," Mayor Mike McGinn said. "We do have a lot of work in front of us."

Read the full Associated Press story.


Seattle Announces Police Reforms

Feds: Excessive Force by Seattle Cops Is 'Systemic'

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Bob@Az. @ 7/30/2012 6:36 PM

And did the DOJ (department of jerks?) also make sure the scumbags of Seattles crime scence also play nice? And please, make the mayor do some ridealongs in the better part of town, unarmed of course. Stay safe.

TBOW426 @ 7/31/2012 8:40 AM

What a bunch of crap! Since when is a report "damning"?? I thought only evidence was damning. Officers are too quick to reach for a weapon even when arresting someone for a minor offense. Some of the worse fights I have ever been in including one shooting came out of arresting someone for the minor offense of being drunk in public. We are always behind the curve when it comes to reacting cause the bad guy/woman gets the first move! I challenge any of the fed lawyers to hold me at simunition gun point while I have a sim gun hanging at my side. Bet my paycheck against Eric Holder's I can shoot them before they can react.

kevin @ 8/1/2012 4:02 AM

What Seattle really needs is a green light to get tough on these criminals and treat them the way they deserve to be treated. Back in the 60's and 70's there was more respect for police because they could react without worrying about the criminals rights. It's time for batons to the head of the cocky street vermon that want to taunt the police.

David couper @ 8/5/2012 1:20 PM

But can't we all do a better job? And once trust is lost between us and the community, what can be done? If we don't do something positive, it just makes our job more difficult (and dangerous). For insight and direction, take a look at my new book and visit my blog, “Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police” ( My blog is at

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