City OPARB Update
posted by June 18 at 10:27 AMon
This morning, city council president Nick Licata gave his council colleagues copies of a report by the Office of Professional Accountability (OPARB) concerning the arrest by two Seattle Police Department officers of George Patterson, an African American man who has accused two SPD officers of roughing him up and planting drugs on him. SPD’s independent Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) looked into the allegations, but before they could complete their work, Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske exonerated both officers, raising charges of interference by the police chief into the OPA’s work. At this morning’s council briefing, Licata told his colleagues that the OPARB documents “raise serious issues regarding the police chief and maintaining an independent Office of Professional Accountability.” He then suggested that it might be time to subject the police and fire chiefs, like all other department heads, to an annual council review, a move that would require voter approval in November.