Mayor Murray today released the following statement in response to the federal lawsuit filed by some members of the Seattle Police Department (SPD) contesting SPD’s use-of-force policy:
“I have not yet had the chance to review the lawsuit and it would be inappropriate for me to comment at this time.
But I will say: the Seattle Police Department is under a federally-mandated court order, in part because of a disturbing pattern of unnecessary use of force and other forms of unconstitutional policing.
The police department will comply with that court order. The City of Seattle will not fight the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. This is not the 1960s.
I have nominated a new police chief to start work in a few short weeks, and her top priority will be to meet the requirements of the federal court order and make Seattle’s police force a national model for urban policing.”