A Seattle City Council panel on police accountability has called for more transparency of the disciplinary process, with one member saying there is a systemic effort to thwart public scrutiny of how the department polices itself, reports the Seattle Times. Panel members urged the council to strengthen the civilian-review board that oversees the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA).
Panel member Eriic Schnapper, a, University of Washington professor, found that police oversight in Seattle suffers from a systemic effort to thwart public scrutiny. “Criticism of police actions is not an inexcusable affront to the dignity of its officers, an illegitimate form of interference  or part of some left-wing conspiracy to assist the criminal elements in our society,” he wrote. “Criticism of police actions is just like criticism of any other public officials, a routine and healthy part of the democratic process.”