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.