The newly appointed monitor chosen to oversee sweeping reforms of the Seattle Police Department is now in Seattle.
Merrick Bobb flew in from Los Angeles Wednesday morning and was set to meet with Mayor Mike McGinn and City Attorney Pete Holmes.
Seattle recently reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, which found the Seattle Police Department had engaged in a pattern of excessive force.
Bobb will head an oversight team appointed to help implement a Consent Decree which calls for a substantial overhaul of the police department’s policies on use of force. The Consent Decree is expected to last several years.
Bobb is President of the Police Assessment Resource Center in Los Angeles, which recently conducted an audit of how the King County Sheriff’s Office manages officer involved shootings and allegations of police misconduct. Bobb is recognized nationally as a police accountability expert.