City The Urban League’s Double Standard
posted by June 23 at 17:36 PMon
James Kelly, president of Seattle’s Urban League, made a good point in today’s Seattle Times—too bad it makes him look hypocritical.
Kelly criticized calls for SPD Chief Gil Kerlikowske’s resignation (coming from the NAACP) as premature. Kelly said he’s supporting the Chief until “all the facts” on the investigation into the Office of Professional Accountability, which investigates allegations of police misconduct, are in. (A recent report from the OPA watchdog, the Office of Professional Accountability Review Board, accused the chief of tampering in the OPA investigation of officers Greg Neubert and Michael Tietjen.)
Here’s Kelly in today’s Seattle Times: “I’ll be damned to allow any draft report, any incomplete investigation, to ruin the relationship [Kerlikowske and the Urban League] have.”
Certainly, it’s appropriate to reserve judgment until all the facts are in and the OPARB report is formally released.
Here’s the problem, though. Kerlikowske exonerated Neubert and Tietjen before the OPA was done with its investigation. If Kelly feels that it’s inappropriate to pass judgment until the OPARB investigation is complete, does he believe that Kerlikowske himself acted inappropriately by exonerating Neubert and Tietjen before the OPA had formally completed its work? Or does Kelly lower his standards when judging his friend the Chief?
Anyway, I’ll be discussing this issue and more on 710 KIRO tonight at 7pm.