Justice Dept. gives Seattle its police reform list
Friday, March 30, 2012
SEATTLE (AP) -- A day after Seattle's mayor proposed nearly two dozen police reforms in response to a damning federal report, U.S. Justice Department representatives delivered their list of proposed reforms during a closed door meeting with city officials.
Neither details of the federal recommendations nor the city's response were immediately available Friday.
However, U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan says she's optimistic both sides can reach agreement, especially after Mayor Mike McGinn and Police Chief John Diaz released their list of suggested police reforms on Thursday.
During an 11-month investigation, Justice officials found that Seattle police routinely used unconstitutional excessive force. The probe was prompted by a series of high-profile clashes between minorities and police, including the fatal shooting of a Native American woodcarver.