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Monday, October 22, 2012

Mayor McGinn's on Today's City Council Police Monitor Coup: "We believe that their vote was a mistake..."

Posted by on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 8:17 PM

At a little after 5:00 p.m. this evening, Mayor Mike McGinn released a statement acquiescing to the Seattle City Council's decision to hire Merrick Bobb, a man with 20 years of experience in police reform and use-of-force, as the man to monitor Seattle's journey to police reform. Here's the backstory, if you have no idea what the fuck I'm jabbering on about, and here's Mayor Mike McGinn's concessionary statement:

We know from the experience of other cities that reform efforts are successful when the police force buys in to the effort. Our office and others expressed concerns that Mr. Bobb would not be seen as an impartial monitor of our settlement agreement with the Department of Justice. We are disappointed that the Council did not listen to those concerns and that our reform efforts may prove more difficult as a result of their vote. We believe that their vote was a mistake, but respect that this is now the City’s position. Going forward, the mayor will roll up his sleeves and continue to work with all stakeholders to implement reform in our police force.


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thatsnotright 1
Wow, he's essentially sabotaging the entire relationship. All he had to do was note a disagreement and move on but instead he's pre-supposing that everything is going to fail. That is asshatttery, not leadership. I voted for McGinn and will not make that mistake again.
Posted by thatsnotright on October 22, 2012 at 8:29 PM · Report this
Having a monitor in the form of a person harkens back to police reform from the days of Serpico.

Today, monitoring should be accomplished in the form of social media, public data warehousing and the citizen reporting that brought the alleged abuses to the fore in the first place. If Mr. Bobb puts in place permanent visibility systems to augment these, then he will be worth his fee.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on October 22, 2012 at 8:36 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 3
Does pandering to the SPD make McGinn's job easier or his re-election securer? I don't understand the politics of this.
Posted by Free Lunch on October 22, 2012 at 8:47 PM · Report this
Original Andrew 4
What. The. Hay-ell.

Guess McGinn really hates being the mayor. I can't imagine who's gonna vote for him after this latest debacle.
Posted by Original Andrew on October 22, 2012 at 8:54 PM · Report this
It seems that a monitor of the deal with the DOJ should someone who would actually know quite a bit about the deal and be interested in having the SPD actually FOLLOW the DOJ's requirements. A monitor is not an impartial ombudsman; a monitor is there to "police" the deal, in this case literally. McGinn obviously doesn't want to be re-elected by the people who voted him in to begin with, and I don't know who else will vote for him.
Posted by sarah70 on October 22, 2012 at 9:31 PM · Report this
bedipped 6
They must have something juicy on McGinn.
Posted by bedipped on October 22, 2012 at 9:35 PM · Report this
I really hate the term, "stakeholder."
Posted by Mister G on October 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 8
Nothing of what he has done in the past matters. This will be the defining issue of his mayoralty. No one will remember him outside of the fact that he's stood up for the thugs & bigots in the SPD.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on October 22, 2012 at 10:23 PM · Report this
I'm just glad we are getting someone the SPD doesn't like. This seems to indicate that there is hope that we could approach something like actual accountability for once.
Posted by Rhizome on October 22, 2012 at 11:16 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 10
If I were a betting man, one or some combination of the following is true. Option A is least likely, I wager:

A) SPOG has something substantial over on McGinn that would be harmful to his career as a politician or attorney.

B) SPOG has offered to go "all in" in a substantial way toward McGinn's next mayoral campaign with either financial or presence show of force and support to help get him into office if McGinn waters this all down somehow.

C) SPOG has threatened some sort of nuclear litigation option and McGinn--poorly--is trying to navigate around this.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on October 23, 2012 at 8:23 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 11
@3 Yes. @7 Agreed. @9 Agreed. @10 doubt it, but it does neutralize the obvious challenger.
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 23, 2012 at 10:57 AM · Report this
Christ, what an asshole.
Posted by gloomy gus on October 23, 2012 at 11:48 AM · Report this
Hernandez 13
@8 Well, this and failure to stop the tunnel, which was pretty much a quixotic exercise to begin with.

@10 I think Will's on to something. Let me add:

D) McGinn knows he's going to be running for re-election against Tim Burgess. Cops love Burgess, Burgess loves cops, so if cops also love McGinn, Burgess loses that advantage.

Or my personal favorite:

E) McGinn is a complete wimp. All you have to do is stand up to him and he'll cave. It's not a coincidence that all of his accomplishments are basically low-hanging fruit that didn't have serious opposition (nightlife initiative, medical marijuana dispensaries, bike improvements).
Posted by Hernandez on October 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM · Report this

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