SEATTLE -- U.S. Justice Department officials on Friday said they were pleased with the city's new 20-point police department reform plan, but they still plan to seek a court order to ensure SPD adopts changes outlined in a DOJ report released in December.
The Justice Department recommendations, released in December, focused on SPD officers' responsibilities when filing use-of-force reports, improving internal controls and investigating public complaints about police behavior.
U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said the SPD 20/20 plan unveiled Thursday by Mayor Mike McGinn and SPD Chief John Diaz is a positive development.
That plan's provisions fall under five broad categories: protecting the rights of citizens, improving training and education for SPD officers that reflect Seattle's values, earning public trust, embracing data-driven practices, and partnering with the public.
The Justice Department investigation that prompted the SPD 20/20 plan was launched following the fatal shooting of a homeless Native American woodcarver in 2010 and other reported uses of force against minority suspects. The probe was aimed at determining whether Seattle police have a "pattern or practice" of violating civil rights or discriminatory policing, and if so, what they should do to improve.