Seattle Police Dept. getting an overhaul

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 15, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 15 at 10:25 PM

SEATTLE -- Seattle's mayor and police chief have announce an overhaul of the department's command staff following the controversial officer involved shooting of a homeless man.

Mayor Mike McGinn and Police Chief John Diaz say that the investigation into the shooting death of First Nations woodcarver John Williams will be finished in a few days.  They say the result of that investigation will not make public; instead, they will seek a third party review of the Seattle Police Department.

They plan to go to two other cities' police departments to see how Seattle is doing with its investigation.

Mayor McGinn promised the investigation will be transparent and fair.

"We'll investigate thoroughly, we will be open to third party review. Ultimately, our investigation will be fully available for review. We will make a decision and we will be – and I will be – accountable to those decisions that we make in response to that, as will any other agency involved in making the decision," said McGinn at a Tuesday news conference.

The Seattle Police Department investigation will be going on, along with the King County prosecutor's inquest into the shooting, which will be made public in a courtroom for all to hear.

The Seattle Police Department also says Chief Diaz plans to audit the department in how they do on training. So come January 1, 2011, they will come up with a new plan for training Seattle police officers.

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