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Justice Department Sets Final July 31 Deadline For Police Reform Settlement

Derek Wang
07/17/2012

The Justice Department has given the City of Seattle a deadline of July 31 to reach an agreement about police department reforms. If an agreement is not reached by then, the federal government might sue the city. KUOW's Derek Wang has details.

TRANSCRIPT

At issue is how the Seattle Police Department does its job. Last year the Department of Justice said the Police Department engaged in a pattern of excessive force and called for changes. Then earlier this year Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn proposed a series of police reforms. But federal officials have said the Mayor's reforms lack details.

US Attorney Jenny Durkan has threatened to sue the city. Among other things, she wants a court–enforceable agreement. The mayor has expressed concerns about how much the reforms might cost.

If no agreement is reached, it now appears that that lawsuit could happen as soon as the end of the month. The deadline was first reported by Q13 TV.

City officials declined to be interviewed, but the Mayor's Office issued a written statement. It said the city is negotiating in good faith to achieve lasting reforms with an awareness of the city's budget constraints.

I'm Derek Wang, KUOW News.

© Copyright 2012, KUOW

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