Seattle could face DOJ lawsuit over police reforms



SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s mayor may soon have something in common with tough-talking Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The U.S. Justice Department is threatening to sue Mayor Mike McGinn over allegations that Seattle police officers routinely use excessive force.

McGinn is due to respond this week to DOJ demands for reforms in the Police Department.

If McGinn doesn’t agree to make the changes the DOJ is asking for and agree to the appointment of an outside monitor, the U.S. attorney in Seattle says she’ll sue.

That’s the same ultimatum that drew an objection from Arpaio. He said he couldn’t stomach the idea of an independent monitor because it would undermine his authority.