Racial Disparity Persists In Seattle Policing: Report

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Dallas police officers at the 33rd annual national Peace Officers Memorial Day Services on the U.S. Capitol Grounds, May, 2014. Photo by Elvert Barnes via Flickr

Seattle police are using force at low levels but still can’t fully explain why it is used against African Americans at disproportionately higher rates, according to the department’s annual report submitted to the federal judge overseeing court-ordered reforms, The Seattle Times reports.

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The Seattle Police Department last week filed its 2019 Use of Force report, which shows that the use of force by officers remained “extraordinarily low” last year and is part of a series to show whether federally-mandated police reforms are being sustained, with an ultimate goal of terminating a court-ordered agreement by 2020.

The monitor found some racial disparity in the use of force, but no statistically significant difference in the type or severity. Officers are more likely to point their gun at minorities but are more likely to go “hands-on” with whites, according to his report.

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