Seattle Police: Federal Reform Proposals Wildly Unrealistic, Expensive


The Seattle Police Department is objecting to reforms proposed by the U.S. Department of Justice as wildly unrealistic and expensive, reports the Associated Press. The Department of Justice presented a proposal to the city in March, after finding that Seattle police regularly used illegal force, often for minor offenses. AP reviewed a copy of the proposal, which shows the DOJ wants the city to change policies, add training for officers, and hire more sergeants to supervise patrol officers. The city would agree to the appointment of an outside monitor, at city expense.

A Seattle police analysis takes issue with the supposed $41 million annual cost of the changes, as well as four- to six-month timelines to implement many of them. “Plainly stated, the overwhelming majority of programs proposed by DOJ cannot be implemented in less than one to three years, if at all,” the analysis says. “These timelines can only be described as impossible and prompt serious questions about the analytical thoroughness and organizational experience of those who proposed them.” Mayor Mike McGinn and other city officials will submit a counterproposal this week.

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