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December 16, 4:48 PM click here to comment > 7

Mayor’s statement on federal investigation into Seattle Police Department

In Seattle, we believe that every interaction between a member of the public and the police must build trust and respect. Without that trust, our communities will never truly feel safe.

Since I have been in office, Chief John Diaz and the police department have heard concerns from members of the public that the actions of some of our officers are undermining that trust. It has been my direction to Chief Diaz to respond to these concerns with specific reforms. He has implemented reforms to their training, community outreach, and professional accountability and continues to do so.

We welcomed the federal government’s review of our police department, and they have thanked us for providing them unprecedented access to our officers, our command staff, and our data. This made sense, as we have both been committed to restoring and improving the public trust.

Today’s report raises serious allegations. I am committed to working with the Department of Justice to address the issues they have raised. We will continue working with the people of Seattle to build a police force that fights crime and builds trust as it protects the members of our community.

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Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn

Comments

Comment from John
Time December 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Maybe this will motivate the development of a body more accountable than the “Office of Professional Accountability.”

Comment from Sheri Day
Time December 16, 2011 at 7:55 pm

The best way to improve community trust is to include the community voice. We hope you will make every effort to include that voice in considering reforms. So far, the SPD work in a vacuum.

Comment from Amy Vee
Time December 17, 2011 at 6:41 am

I’ve seen the video footage on TV of the young african american woman who struck a Seattle PD officer up side the head, I think anyone who physically assaults an officer or treats an officer with disrespect should be punished to to fullest degree of the law, how come the media is not talking about this? I don’t care one little bit if the officer struck that young woman back in an effort to subdue her and restrain her I want to know if she had to pay for her crime. I am tired of seeing that same footage over and over, please have some respect for the intelligence of the citizens of the City of Seattle, we know that the media is just one step away from Rag Tabloid reporting; it is B.S., it is sensationalism.

Comment from John
Time December 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Please inform Chief Diaz that if his department were not broken it would not need to be fixed. If he isn’t willing to admit the problem, he can’t be in charge of correcting it.

Comment from Michael
Time December 17, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I find it odd that there are no comments here. Are comments turned off and if so why?

Comment from Thomas
Time December 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm

When is the seattle police dept going to crack down on the u-turns in the alaska junction,speeders trying to catch the fauntleroy ferry and fixing beach drive before a bicyclist gets hurt

Comment from merridee
Time December 21, 2011 at 9:31 am

Well this lovely story just made me rethink ever visiting Seattle: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/12/20/seattle-cops-mocked-dumbfck-jogger-hit-by-semi-truck/

When cops can be this callous toward a city resident, I shudder to think how they really feel about us visitors.

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