City Shitstorm Delayed
posted by June 16 at 14:47 PMon
Today’s Times breaks the news that City Attorney Tom Carr’s office blocked the release of a report critical of the police department. The city attorney’s office said it did so because the report’s release could expose its authors, Peter Holmes and Bradley Moerick, to personal legal liability.
Holmes, an attorney, is head of the Office of Professional Accountability Review Board (OPARB), which oversees the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA), the city organization that conducts investigations into police misconduct allegations. Last year, the city passed rules last year that provided the same legal protection to volunteer board members as city employees.
In the Times’s story, Holmes calls the report “very critical” and “embarrassing,” and suggested that was the reason city officials didn’t want it released.
Earlier this week, Stranger writer Jonah Spangenthal-Lee reported that Holmes had turned in the report, which deals with the arrest of George Patterson, an African American man who accused two SPD officers of roughing him up and planting drugs on him. OPA was investigating Patterson’s misconduct allegations, but police chief Gil Kerlikowske interfered with the investigation, according to internal SPD communications, exonerating both officers before the investigation was complete.