Reversing Course, Seattle Mayor Agrees to Accept Police Monitor’s Plan


Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has agreed to accept an independent monitor's proposed first-year plan to carry out far-reaching reforms in the Seattle Police Department, ending two weeks of acrimony that threatened to harm the effort, says the city’s Times. McGinn, who had opposed elements of the plan, reversed course last Friday, days before a court hearing where he faced the possibility that the federal judge overseeing the case would approve the monitor's proposals.

The City Council had invited the monitor, Merrick Bobb, to brief the council on Monday, raising the prospect that council members would publicly praise the plan in light of their past support of Bobb. McGinn also found himself entangled in a lingering dispute with City Attorney Pete Holmes over who had the legal authority to represent the city's view of Bobb's plan. The plan lays out specific steps for meeting the terms of a settlement agreement reached in July between the city and the Department of Justice to address excessive use of force and biased policing. U.S. District Judge James Robart has scheduled a hearing Tuesday, where he is expected to consider the 23-page monitoring plan that Bobb submitted last week.

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