Seattle Leaders Seeking Better Police Oversight


Seattle City Council President Nick Licata will convene an advisory group on how to strengthen citizen oversight of the police department, the Seattle Times reports. As Licata called for a community-based advisory group to work with police-accountability experts, the Seattle-King County NAACP held a rally outside City Hall, insisting that Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske resign. Last week, a civilian-oversight report accused the chief of interfering in an internal investigation. The report, which examined a case in which an officers’ report did not match up with a surveillance video, said the chief pushed an internal investigation to support the officers’ version of a January drug arrest.

Kerlikowske has said he did nothing wrong, but is open to changes in police oversight. Mayor Greg Nickels, who has repeatedly expressed confidence in the chief, plans to meet with the media today to discuss “next steps to review police accountability.” Licata, chairman of the council’s public-safety committee, declined to say whether he had lost confidence in Kerlikowske.


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