Misconduct findings against 6 SPD officers won't be reinstated

Misconduct findings against 6 SPD officers won't be reinstated

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Interim Seattle Police Chief Harry Bailey

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 19 at 6:41 PM

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced Wednesday that misconduct findings involving six police officers will not be reinstated.

The issue came to light last month when Interim Chief Harry Bailey announced that he was dismissing misconduct findings against several officers, including the officer who was involved in a high-profile confrontation last summer with Dominic Holden, a reporter for The Stranger newspaper.

Murray at first backed Bailey's decision, but within days backtracked and ordered a review of how SPD reviews misconduct cases. That review, conducted by special adviser Bernard Melekian, concluded that Bailey's original decision to dismiss the findings against the six officers was correct.

The officer involved in the incident with Holden said last month that he preferred to accept the original punishment. His misconduct finding was not part of the six dismissed Wednesday.

In a letter to the city council, Murray said he has ordered Melekian to continue reviewing the SPD complaint process with the eye toward creating "a cohesive discipline process that we can believe in and be proud of."

Murray's decision was first reported by The Seattle Times.

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