Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn s Office has released documents related to discussions with the Department of Justice.
The DOJ's initial focus is on what it calls unconstitutional patterns in the use of force. Force would be considered anything more than unresisted handcuffing and would have to be reported.
The 110-page reform plan was first presented to Seattle Police on March 30, but wasn't released to the public until Monday.
In December, the DOJ released a report with recommended reforms citing Seattle Police officers routinely used excessive force. 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.
On Monday, McGinn's office released documents they say cover some of the correspondence with the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ and the City of Seattle s proposal to install a federal monitor and consent decree focusing on use-of-force reforms in the Seattle Police Department.
The Department of Justice and City of Seattle released a joint statement:
In an effort to increase transparency and respond to the broad public interest in proposed reforms of the Seattle Police Department, the Department of Justice and the City of Seattle jointly have agreed to release their initial settlement proposals. These proposals have served as the starting point for negotiations between the parties to reach an agreement on all issues. We continue to move forward with those negotiations beyond these documents and are currently in mediation. While the mediation is ongoing, the parties have agreed that further public comment on the substance of the initial proposals and the status of the ongoing talks would be counter-productive to progress and long-term reform efforts.