Seattle Police Department

Seattle Police
10:37 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Applicants Ready To Keep Tabs On Seattle Police

Seattle Police
Flickr/elfsternberg

Seattle city officials will soon begin sifting through applications for police watchdogs.  Last month, the city put out a call for citizens to serve on a new community police commission.  It’s being created as part of an agreement with the US Department of Justice  to reform the Seattle Police Department.

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Politics
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.

News
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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Drones In Seattle
11:17 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Seattle Police To Unveil New Surveillance Drones

Mesa County, Colo., Sheriff's Department test fly a small Draganflyer X6 drone, January 2009.
AP Photo/Mesa County Sheriff's Unmanned Operations Team

This evening the Seattle Police Department will display a drone aircraft they plan to deploy as part of surveillance program using unmanned aerial vehicle. Ross Reynolds explores what the drones will be monitoring, who is concerned about privacy violations and hears listener reaction to the new drones. 

Drones In Seattle
10:00 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Seattle Police Seek Feedback On Drones

Mesa County, Colo., Sheriff's Department test fly a small Draganflyer X6 drone, January 2009.
AP Photo/Mesa County Sheriff's Unmanned Operations Team

Seattle police are hoping to dispel concerns about privacy and encourage community support for their newly acquired drones by inviting the public to a Q&A at Garfield Community Center tonight. We hear more about the SPD's drones, what they would be used for and how their use would be monitored.

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Government
5:16 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Heated Words Over Seattle Police Monitor Selection

Seattle Police officers at a memorial for an officer killed in 2006.
Kevin P. Casey AP Photo

The war of words stemming from the effort to reform the Seattle Police Department is heating up.  At issue is the selection of an independent monitor who would oversee the reforms.

The Justice Department and the city are supposed to jointly select the monitor, but city officials can't agree on whom that monitor should be.

Mayor McGinn opposes the selection of a Los Angeles police consultant named Merrick Bobb, who has been described as being one of the country’s preeminent police reform experts. McGinn said he had questions about whether Bobb would be fair.

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Seattle Police
9:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Seattle City Attorney, Mayor Clash Over Police Reform Monitor

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes along with four members of the City Council are criticizing Mayor Mike McGinn over his opposition to their choice for an independent monitor to oversee the city's police reform efforts. Their statement released on Wednesday accuses McGinn of "obstruction and stall tactics" in his opposition to one finalist for the job, L.A.-based consultant Merrick Bobb. The city has had 10 months to select a monitor; the deadline is just a week away.

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Seattle Police
8:54 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Wanted: Citizens To Oversee Seattle Police Reforms

Seattle police at Occupy Seattle, October 2011.
Flickr/Bellevue Fine Art Repro

Applications are now available to serve on Seattle’s new, court-ordered Community Police Commission. This citizen oversight board is part of the city’s agreement with the Department of Justice about police reforms.

This is not exactly a new idea. Seattle’s created civilian panels in the past to monitor police and propose changes. But City Council Member Nick Licata says this new one has a key difference.

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