DOJ, McGinn release one-sentence statement on meeting

DOJ, McGinn release one-sentence statement on meeting

DOJ, McGinn release one-sentence statement on meeting


by KING 5 News

Posted on June 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Details about a meeting between Seattle's Mayor and the U.S. Department of Justice were anticipated to be released Wednesday.

However, the agencies issued the following single sentence joint statement:

"Yesterday's meeting focused on the work ahead as the Department of Justice and the city of Seattle continue efforts to reach agreement on all issues."

On Tuesday, Mayor Mike McGinn was in Washington D.C. to meet with U.S. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez about proposed changes to the Seattle Police Department.

In December, the DOJ released a report with recommended reforms citing Seattle Police officers routinely used excessive force.

McGinn has said the DOJ's recommendations may cost upwards of $40 million. In response to the report, McGinn and city officials helped formulate the "20/20 Plan," a list of 20 reforms to be completed within 20 months.

Perez oversees the DOJ's Civil Rights Division.

McGinn is on an east coast business trip, meeting in New York Monday with NBA Commissioner David Stern. He travels next to Orlando for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Recommendations regarding community oversight

Seattle's Office of Professional Accountability Review Board announced ten recommendations last week intended to strengthen community input and oversight when it comes to Seattle Police Department policies and conduct.

They are as follows:

Issue: Independent civilian oversight must be restructured and strengthened to have real power and relevance to citizens


  • Clarify the OPA Review Board's role relative to the OPA and the Auditor
  • Formal review of the OPA Director
  • Ability to review cases
  • Limited review for complainants
  • Case certification review
  • Compliance reporting and oversight
  • Increased size of commission
  • increased staff and funding

Issue: Confusion about the current civilian oversight system compromises its effectiveness


  • Name change
  • Eliminate required community outreach on behalf of the OPA and Auditor

The recommendations are in relation to the December report from the DOJ. A full description of the recommendations can be found here.