Mayor Murray issued the following statement on the audit issued today by Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) Auditor Anne Levinson on the disciplinary practices of the Seattle Police Department (SPD):
“I want to thank OPA Auditor Anne Levinson for her review of SPD’s disciplinary practices. Her recommendations are important, and there is no disagreement about the need for serious reform of this process. As my office works in the weeks ahead with the Federal Monitor, the Department of Justice, the City Attorney’s Office and members of the City Council on a holistic reassessment of the OPA complaint and disciplinary process, we will incorporate these recommendations with forthcoming recommendations from the Community Police Commission and from my expert adviser Dr. Bernard Melekian, with the goal of arriving at one common set of recommendations for overall reform.
As U.S. District Judge Robart identified at yesterday’s status conference, it is critically important for us to look ahead and move forward beyond the most recent disciplinary cases that have caused such confusion, and instead focus on the broader systemic changes we need to make in the OPA process to instill the greatest public trust and accountability in that process.”