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Monday, June 18, 2007

OPARB Update

posted by on June 18 at 10:27 AM

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.

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My gut reaction is that I'd vote for that but why does that make me uneasy?

Mr. Poe, Fnarf, you guys mind thinking for me for a moment? k, thanks.

Posted by monkey | June 18, 2007 10:39 AM

Maybe while we the citizens are at it, we can do something about the Police Guild... such as limiting, SEVERLY limiting, their authority to ZERO input into citizen watch dog groups. The Guild’s “protecting ones own" stance is bullshit. It should be about time that organization stops protecting both bad cops and good cops under the guise of "they can do and did no wrong". The citizens should decide, through the watchdog groups, who the asshole cops and saintly cops are. Logic hold that some cops will be dirty and corrupt (Lord Acton's axiom in play) expect, curiously, in Seattle, where for the last few years, no cop seems to have done shit wrong. A light overview of internal investigations and the subsequent disciplinary proceedings would give the causal reader the impression that Seattle cops are saints who can and do no wrong.

A bad cop does not deserve a pension paid for through tax money... even if they were clean clean clean and fucked up only once, then they should have their retirement fucked over. They should have thought about there actions before abusing there policing authority.

Posted by Phenics | June 18, 2007 10:41 AM

So - they aren't already subject to annual council review? I find that somewhat odd.

I'm with you, monkey. Whatevs.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 18, 2007 10:50 AM

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But as the next best thing, civilian oversight would be nice, especially with the chief's inexcusable arrogance.

Posted by kinaidos | June 18, 2007 12:14 PM

This from the guy who answered Sam Pailca's questions for her in a council "investigation" into OPA's slipshod practices? Why don't they simply install a stage and curtain in council chambers, it's all just theater after all.

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