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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Fired Officer Applies to Police Review Board

posted by on April 1 at 16:29 PM

Former Seattle Police Officer John Powers, who was fired from the department in 2005, has applied for a position on the City Council’s Office of Professional Accountability Review Board (OPARB). Powers was at the center of a major police internal investigation—conducted by the department’s Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) and the FBI—which found he had used cocaine on the job and used his patrol car to give girlfriends rides, among other infractions.

Powers—who spent eight years at SPD—maintains his innocence and is suing the department for defamation and wrongful termination, and says he wants to join OPARB so other officers receive fair treatment during internal probes. “I would like to see this department held accountable [for] their OPA investigations,” he says.”I think [the OPA is] dirty.”

Ironically, Councilmember Tim Burgess—who supervises OPARB—referenced Powers in a 2005 Seattle Times editorial about police misconduct. Burgess wrote:

Misconduct of the type involved in [Powers’] cases works like water on rock, wearing away the foundation of trust until the rock — the police force — can no longer be seen as reliable.

Powers says he’s qualified to be on the review board—whose standards require one member to have five or more years of law enforcement experience—but he doesn’t believe he has much chance of actually getting a position. “[I applied for] my own peace of mind,” he says.

Burgess’s office has received more than 20 applications for OPARB and should begin selecting candidates sometime in the next month. Burgess’s office would not comment on Powers or any other OPARB candidates.

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Ha, see. Powers committed nonviolent crimes, which Seattle has an abundance of. The cops only chase down violent crimes, and they seem to do pretty well with that. But they're too overstretched to deal with the less serious stuff, and it pushes Seattle up to one of the worst cities for nonviolent crime.

I have data on this. I made graphs. They're awesome.

Posted by elenchos | April 1, 2008 5:01 PM

Wow. I really for one minute honestly thought about responding to elenchos. Silly me. Yeah, I know, don't feed the trolls.

Posted by Mr. Xplxlyx | April 1, 2008 5:42 PM

He probably wouldn't be more biased than any other cop.

Posted by So? | April 1, 2008 5:49 PM


I see.

Would he like a stadium with that?

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 1, 2008 6:04 PM

I don't know - I think his application ought to be taken seriously by the City Council.

After all, when it comes to police misconduct, it takes one to know one.

Posted by Mr. X | April 1, 2008 6:11 PM

I'll send you the data. Click and look for yourself.

Posted by elenchos | April 1, 2008 7:06 PM

Do trolls make graphs? That's some serious trolling.

Posted by w7ngman | April 1, 2008 8:48 PM


Can you e-mail me your raw data?

Posted by Jonathan Golob | April 1, 2008 11:37 PM

April fools?

Posted by LH | April 1, 2008 11:44 PM

huh. so cops are fired and snubbed for doing coke, but repeated complaints against one of violence and/or abuse of authority and it's "thanks for your input. we'll be sure to put it in his file. now get lost." i see how that works.

Posted by ellarosa | April 2, 2008 9:33 AM

a cop who was railroaded by other cops!!! what a story!!! interesting. well, i'm not sure current cops want that kind of representative on the board. but because of his experience, he might actually be a good advocate. on the other hand, it clearly sounds like he might be a bit too biased in support of cops over those who have the power to discipline them.

Posted by infrequent | April 2, 2008 11:41 AM

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