An internal investigation of a controversial drug bust by two Seattle police officers will be re-examined, this time by the new civilian director of the department’s oversight board, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. Mayor Greg Nickels has asked the incoming director of the Office of Professional Accountability, Kathryn Olson, for a report on the original investigation into complaints by a man who accused the officers of excessive force and planting evidence when they arrested him Jan. 2 on suspicion of dealing drugs. Chief Gil Kerlikowske exonerated the officers.
The new investigation will examine Kerlikowske’s role in the internal inquiry, which was harshly criticized by a review board. Kerlikowske derided the criticism as “despicable” and politically motivated. The mayor’s request guarantees that the controversial issue will remain unresolved and in the public arena for some time.