U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan says allegations by Seattle police that new use-of-force policies are putting officers and citizens in danger are groundless and she expects a lawsuit on the issue to be dismissed, reports the Seattle Times. Durkan defended the detailed policy, adopted in January and still being implemented, arguing that it was created “with the police, by the police and for the police” as part of court-monitored reforms. She said the policy will make both police and citizens safer.
Within every organization undergoing change, Durkan said, there are those who resist. She said she expected pushback from police. Durkan said resisters within the police department need to know that the mayor and police commanders, from the chief down, are on board with the reforms and “for the first time in decades,” have a single, clear message to the troops: “Reform is under way. Get on the train, or leave.” Durkan called a news conference the day after 123 Seattle officers joined as plaintiffs in a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging the new use-of-force policies have hampered officers and emboldened criminals, placing police and the public in danger.