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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Court Confirms City Council Favorite as SPD Oversight Monitor

Posted by on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 10:53 AM

This morning, U.S. District Court Judge James L. Robart formally appointed Merrick Bobb, a nationally recognized expert on police accountability and Seattle's controversial pick to oversee the settlement agreement between U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Seattle.

Last week, Mayor Mike McGinn called the city council's support for Bobb "a mistake" as our local police officer's union seethed in the background. Nevertheless, the city and DOJ filed a joint motion last week notifying the court of their selection and requesting Bobb's appointment.

As our brand-spankin'-new monitor, Bobb will assess the city’s compliance with the settlement agreement, report on the status of that compliance to the court and public, resolve disputes, and provide assistance to the Seattle Police Department (SPD) and our newly created public watchdog, the Community Police Commission.

As his local cheerleaders have noted, Bobb is well qualified to hold our damp hands through the consent decree process. He's monitored police departments in many other cities, including the LAPD; He recently assessed the King County Sheriff’s Office’s procedures concerning officer-involved shootings; And in 2008, he wrote the playbook for police department monitors, “National Guidelines for Police Monitors.”


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Will in Seattle 1
Also, Bobb had a distinguished career at Microsoft.
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 30, 2012 at 11:16 AM · Report this
pfffter 2
Oh good. I hope that dick who is the head of the police officers union, i hope his head just exploded when he heard the news.
Posted by pfffter on October 30, 2012 at 11:22 AM · Report this
theophrastus 3
It's sometimes a good thing™ that those established to provide oversight are not the preferred ones of those overseen.
Posted by theophrastus on October 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM · Report this
Eric Arrr 4
Every last SPOG member knows as well as I do that there are a few shitbirds in their ranks. Guys who will fabricate assault allegations out of thin air, put false testimony to witnesses, alter important details about the timing of events when they write 'em up, etc.

What has SPOG done about these guys? Rick O'Neill, what have you done about certain dishonest individuals in your guild's ranks, besides coddle them?

You want to be taken seriously when you bitch about the reform process? Earn it, sarge. Change comes from within.
Posted by Eric Arrr on October 30, 2012 at 12:22 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 5
Seeing as how it was the SPD that inspired the fuckin' DOJ to launch a major investigation into their practices, anything that pisses them off is a good indication that progress is taking place.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on October 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM · Report this
Good old boy Diaz and his boss need to go.
Posted by Hansville Pasta Boy on October 30, 2012 at 2:32 PM · Report this

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