Seattle Cop Leading Response to DOJ Cleared Amid Finger-Pointing


An assistant Seattle police chief was cleared by prosecutors of criminal misconduct allegations that grew out of his handling of a traffic accident involving his daughter, donations he solicited for a charity, and preparations for a promotion exam for prospective sergeants, the Seattle Times reports. Assistant chief Mike Sanford now will face an internal investigation and possible outside review by the city’s ethics board.

The case has exposed deep rifts and finger-pointing within the department, at a time when it has come under intense scrutiny over December findings by the U.S. Justice Department that officers regularly use excessive force. Sanford, 51, who commands the Patrol Operations Bureau and oversees five police precincts, is leading the department’s response to the federal civil-rights investigation, devising a detailed plan to address the Justice Department’s concerns as the city and federal attorneys negotiate a settlement.

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