The Department of Justice weighed in on behalf of the Seattle Police Department (SPD), asking a federal judge to find the department in “full and effective compliance” with reforms ordered by the courts in 2012.
The city of Seattle had asked Judge James Robart to clear the department on Sept. 29. The DOJ and Community Police Commission, a civilian body that has overseen the reform process, submitted documents concurring that the department was in compliance.
In 2011, the DOJ found that SPD officers used excessive force, and in 2012 the city agreed to place the department under the eye of Robart and monitor Merrick Bobb.
Ashley Archibald is a Staff Reporter covering local government, policy and equity. Have a story idea? She can be can reached at ashleya (at) realchangenews (dot) org. Twitter @AshleyA_RC
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