News OPA Reports to the Mayor on Monday
posted by July 6 at 19:32 PMon
Kathryn Olson, the director of the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA), will be releasing her review of OPA’s George Patterson investigation, conducted by former OPA director Captain Neil Low. Last month, Mayor Nickels asked Olson to look into allegations - made by the OPA Review Board - that Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske had interfered in the original investigation.
Either way, it’s going to get ugly. If Olson dismisses OPARB’s findings, then she gets called a stooge and a puppet and we’re back where we were after the initial investigation, with reporters and activist groups up in arms over the lack of police accountability in this town.
If Olson comes out and says that Kerlikowske(her boss) interfered in the investigation, Nickels is going to eat crow for coming out in support of the Chief. Then there are the legal ramifications of the Chief’s interference: what happens to the cops? What happens to Kerlikowske? The Seattle Police Guild says the investigation is closed and that the officers can’t be disciplined but if the investigation was tampered with, how can they not face any consequences?
My money’s on scenario number one, howbout you?
Any way you cut it, I don’t envy Kathryn Olson.