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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In Tomorrow's Stranger: A Behind-the-Curtain Look at How Seattle's Police Reform Effort Has Gone So Wrong, So Fast

Posted by on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Mayor Ed Murrays Interim Police Chief, Harry Bailey, at a press conference in February
  • Dominic Holden
  • Mayor Ed Murray's Interim Police Chief, Harry Bailey, at a press conference in February.

Mayor Ed Murray campaigned for office on a platform of urgent police reform, and since he was elected he's assured Seattle that reform is finally on track.

The line from city hall is that the bad guys have been cleared from the top decks, a new-and-improved command staff has been installed, and the reforms required by the Justice Department are moving along smoothly under an interim police chief who, according to Murray, is the model for how Seattle's next police chief should conduct himself.

That's not what Dominic Holden found when he spent six weeks looking behind the scenes of the current police reform effort.

In tomorrow's Stranger, Dominic lays out a disturbing chronology of missteps and misrepresentations that will make you wonder whether the reform effort is really moving forward. If you are concerned about police accountability—as you should be—you need to read this piece.


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But aren't we all already convinced Murray is a disaster?

Do we have a mechanism in place for recalling the mayor?
Posted by Hanoumatoi on April 15, 2014 at 6:30 PM · Report this
Harry Bailey is a confirmed liar. That he hasn't been removed as Chief is indication that Ed Murray has no business being our mayor. Recall him now!
Posted by DOUG. on April 15, 2014 at 7:44 PM · Report this
More of Dominic writing about Dominic? Too bad Eli couldn't have done this topic. Unfortunately, Dom's utterly compromised himself.
Posted by Dom di dom dom duh!!!! on April 15, 2014 at 8:49 PM · Report this
meanie 4
Is your police department full of incompetent boobs? Find out at 11!
Posted by meanie on April 15, 2014 at 9:40 PM · Report this
Original Andrew 5
@1, Every Seattle mayor has been a disaster. Still, Ed Murray has only been in office for a few months, and he's dealing with a toxic, militarized police culture that was created over a generation. Improvements take time.
Posted by Original Andrew on April 16, 2014 at 6:24 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 6
I don't know that every mayor has been a "disaster", as much as they've been a parade of mediocrity. But it's the voters that are really to blame, isn't it? We got rid of Nickels because we were feeling put out about a snowstorm. We got rid of McGinn because we didn't like that he rode a bike. We're really pretty childish when it comes to the office of Mayor.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on April 16, 2014 at 6:41 AM · Report this
Christ on a fucking crutch. More whiny drivel from Dominic "did you give me the stink eye? You've just committed a hate crime!" Holden.
Posted by dal;ksdfj on April 16, 2014 at 7:51 AM · Report this
I see the SPOG apparatchiks are anonymously trying to troll for attention.
Posted by Pol Pot on April 16, 2014 at 9:03 AM · Report this
@5: And he's made it markedly worse. How long am I supposed to let him fuck it up before I bitch?
Posted by Hanoumatoi on April 16, 2014 at 5:58 PM · Report this

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