Mayor Murray and Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes today met with top U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) officials in Washington, D.C. to discuss developments regarding the 2012 settlement agreement between the City of Seattle and the federal government.
According to Murray, the purpose of the meeting was to reaffirm the City’s commitment to reform within the Seattle Police Department (SPD); to demonstrate evidence of progress in policy, professional standards and cultural change; and to enlist continued DoJ support of the City’s ongoing compliance efforts.
“We’ve made good progress so far in developing the policies mandated by the settlement agreement, and now we’re ready to put these policies in motion,” said Murray, referring to policies related to use of force, biased policing, ‘Terry stops’, crisis intervention and an early intervention system. “As we do so, we will need DoJ’s assistance across three main areas: how do we deliver the best training to create a culture of constitutional policing, what data and technology investments can we leverage to ensure our policing is evidence-based policing, and what other technical support outside the settlement agreement might we need to take the compliance process to the next level and make Seattle a truly national model for urban policing?”
“It was a very productive meeting with our partners in reforming SPD,” City Attorney Pete Holmes said.
Murray and Holmes met with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Associate Attorney General Tony West; Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels, Civil Rights Division; Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, Office of Justice Programs; Director Ronald Davis, Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS); U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, Western Washington and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Diaz, Western Washington.