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Monday, September 24, 2007

OPA Oversight to Increase

posted by on September 24 at 15:05 PM

Legislation sponsored by Nick Licata increasing police-oversight reporting requirements passed unanimously at today’s meeting of the city council. The legislation will require both the police chief and the director of the Office of Professional Accountability, which investigates civilian complaints about officers, to explain in writing when they disagree about recommendations for officer discipline. It will also require the OPA director to report any disciplinary measures that were not taken because the 180-day window for officer discipline (written into the police union’s contract) expired. Both changes have been opposed by the police guild and by Mayor Greg Nickels.


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I thought the Mayor and Chief opposed the timing of the changes, but hadn't yet taken a position on the substance of the changes.

Where did you get the info that they were opposed? That sounds like news.

Posted by elrider | September 24, 2007 4:13 PM

Oops, rushed through the post. I see you mentioned the guild, not the Chief.

Those neanderthals are opposed to just about anything that sheds light on their operations.

Posted by elrider | September 24, 2007 4:19 PM

Thank you, Nick Licata, for pushing this through in order to help improve police accountability in Seattle.

Maybe now people like me can get some justice when police abuse the authority entrusted to them by the people... and maybe prevent the few bad apples from doing such things again, which would go a long way to giving Seattle a better name and reducing the cost of legal actions against the city.

Posted by Pack | September 24, 2007 5:54 PM

This legislation, while laudable, will not increase police accountability. It will only increase transparency, and even then not enough. It was a good first step. But real reform is still badly needed.

Posted by Trevor | September 24, 2007 7:12 PM

This is a baby step even for baby steps. Not nearly enough. Licata's been fighting too long for way too little.

Posted by Gomez | September 24, 2007 11:47 PM

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