News Mayor Nickels Asks for Review of OPA Investigation
posted by June 20 at 20:40 PMon
Mayor Nickels has asked the Office of Professional Accountability’s (OPA) new civilian director, Kathryn Olson, to reexamine the George Patterson’s controversial OPA complaint and subsequent investigation. Olson will not be re-investigating the case but she will be reviewing what role Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske played in the investigation process.
Earlier this week, a leaked report by the Office of Professional Accountability Review Board charged that Kerlikowske repeatedly interfered in OPA’s initial investigation, directing officers to obtain testimony from an unreliable witness and publicly exonerating officers Gregory Neubert and Michael Tietjen, prior to OPA finalizing its investigation.
As we said In this week’s Stranger, this is exactly how the police oversight process is supposed to work. It’s been a messy, complicated, frustrating couple of months but we’re finally starting to see the those checks and balances work themselves out.
This is huge. As of yesterday, Nickels said he had absolute faith in Kerlikowske’s ability to lead the police department. It appears Nickel’s is softening his stance.
While Olson will be sending her review to Nickels, Kerlikowske is still her boss. That needs to change.