Department of Justice

Police Accountability
6:10 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

SPD Confronts Another Inflammatory Video

Police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb offers the department's perspective on Isaac Ocak's arrest video.
Amy Radil

The Seattle Police Department is facing another use-of-force lawsuit accompanied by video footage. Friday the department defended its conduct at a press conference.

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9:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Seattle Police Monitor Merrick Bobb On DOJ Reforms

Seattle Police patrol cars during the Occupy Seattle protests.
Credit Flickr Photo/ Eric Peacock

We talk with Merrick Bobb, Seattle's new federally appointed independent police monitor. He began working in the field of police accountability 20 years ago, following the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles. In Seattle, he'll help implement an overhaul of the SPD’s use-of-force procedures and establish guidelines for citizen contacts and stops.

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Seattle Police
11:56 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Director Of The Office Of Professional Accountability Stepping Down

Flickr Photo/Brittney Bollay (CC BY-NC-ND)

Kathryn Olson, outgoing head of the Seattle Police Office of Professional Accountability, talks with Ross Reynolds about the Department of Justice finding that police engage in use of excessive force, what the city and DOJ are doing to remedy the problems, and her role as the director of the OPA.

5:25 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Court Appoints Independent Monitor For Seattle Police

Seattle police patrol cars.
Credit Flickr Photo/Brittney Bollay

A federal judge has appointed Merrick Bobb as the independent monitor to oversee reforms to the Seattle Police Department. Bobb’s appointment follows disagreement between the Seattle city council, the police department,  and the mayor over whether he was the best choice.

Bobb was one of four finalists. As monitor he will assess the City’s compliance with a settlement agreement between the police and the U.S. Department of Justice.

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5:43 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Frustrated Police Monitors Could Hold Lessons For New Commission

The city of Seattle is seeking citizens for its new Community Police Commission. The commission is being established as part of an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to reform the Seattle Police Department. Federal and local officials have expressed hopes that the commission will play a strong role in police oversight. But it faces some limitations that could hamper its abilities, as the members of another police review board have already found.

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