Seattle mayor to announce police reforms

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Police Chief John Diaz have called a news conference to discuss police reforms.

The Thursday morning event follows a damning federal report about the Seattle Police Department after a series of high-profile incidents involving minorities.

Inadequate supervision and training have led police officers to grab weapons such as batons and flashlights too quickly and to escalate confrontations even when arresting people for minor offenses, the U.S. Justice Department said in December.

The department launched an investigation following the fatal shooting of a homeless Native American woodcarver and other reported uses of force against minority suspects. The probe was aimed at determining whether Seattle police have a "pattern or practice" of violating civil rights or discriminatory policing, and if so, what they should do to improve.