Seattle to appeal ruling on police officers’ names



SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Attorney’s office will seek court review of a labor arbitrator’s order that the Seattle Police Department must stop releasing the names of officers found to have engaged in misconduct.

In the meantime, city attorney’s spokeswoman Kimberly Mills said Thursday that the Police Department will continue releasing such names.

Mills says the city will ask King County Superior Court to review this week’s ruling by arbitrator Paul Grace on the grounds that it violates the state Public Records Act.

Ruling at the request of the Seattle police officers’ union, Grace found the city violated contract language prohibiting the release of the officers’ names.