Seattle’s city attorney has told Mayor Mike McGinn that the mayor’s legal strategy to negotiate police reforms with the Department of Justice could make the city a target for a civil rights lawsuit.
The Seattle Times reports the Justice Department plans to file the lawsuit unless an agreement is reached at the end of the month, City Attorney Pete Holmes said in a letter to McGinn and three city council members.
In the letter obtained by the Times, Holmes said the city has engaged in a narrow legal theory to respond to the DOJ and criticizes SPD’s “20/20” reform plan, saying it “lacks both substance and accountability, even in its implementation.”
Holmes writes that the city has “relied too heavily” on the police department in responding to the DOJ investigation, which found a pattern of excessive use of force and biased policing. Holmes said he did not see a need to replace Chief John Diaz, but that changes to the command staff should be discussed.
More details at The Seattle Times
Story compiled by KING 5's Travis Pittman