• New federal monitor report critical of Seattle Police Department

    By: Henry Rosoff


    There is a new report out criticizing the Seattle Police Department.

    The Seattle Times obtained and released the latest report from the department's federal monitor, Merrick Bobb, to a U.S. District Judge.

    The report says department leadership has been far too slow to implement mandatory changes. Seattle agreed to make changes to curb biased policing and curtail excessive use of force, following a federal investigation and subsequent settlement during the summer of 2012.

    This is the second report Bobb has issued. In the report he criticized police for not doing enough to police downtown, for not properly reviewing situations where officers use firearms and for being resistant to department changes.

    The report did commend the majority of officers and commanders for their hard work.

    KIRO 7 spoke with people about the report, most agreed with the assessment. KIRO 7 reached out to Mayor Mike McGinn and the Seattle Police Department for comment. Neither responded.

    Mayor-elect Ed Murray's spokesman reiterated Murray's top priority is crime in Seattle and picking a new, permanent police chief.

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