Mayor Murray’s statement on Seattle Police officer conduct

Mayor Murray today issued the following statement on conduct by a Seattle Police officer related to an arrest last summer and subsequent social media posts:

“I am very disappointed by these incidents. They are both concerning to me.

While I support the Chief’s decision yesterday to call for a more comprehensive review of the overall conduct and performance of the officer involved – considering there were two incidents with this officer in the same summer – there appear to be lapses in our protocols.

I’ve directed the Chief to look not just at the officer’s conduct, but all the circumstances and decisions related to these incidences. We must do more to reform our system to restore the public’s trust in our police department so that everyone feels safe in our communities.

After meeting with the Chief this morning, we agreed she will conduct a comprehensive management investigation and transfer the officer to non-patrol duties for the time being.”