Seattle’s new mayor, Ed Murray, is challenging the city’s police officers to “do better,” reports the Seattle Times. After naming Harry Bailey as interim police chief, Murray sent a pointed letter to officers Wednesday, thanking them for the dangerous work they do while insisting they accept federal reforms to address excessive force and biased policing. “Department leadership will not tolerate misconduct or discrimination during my administration. Nor will I,” Murray wrote. His letter is regarded as an extraordinary step on his eighth day in office.
“And while the Seattle Police Department is a good department,” Murray wrote, in striving for excellence, “good enough,” isn't. “We can — and will — do better,” he wrote. Murray named Bailey, a former assistant Seattle police chief who retired in 2007, to replace Jim Pugel as interim police chief while the city conducts a national search. But Murray said police reform cannot wait until a permanent chief is selected.