Murray statement on timeline for proposed police accountability and civilian oversight reforms

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today issued the following statement regarding the timeline for proposed reforms to the Seattle Police Department’s accountability and civilian oversight system:

“After months of hard work and deliberations with the CPC, the OPA, OPA Auditor and Chief O’Toole, I was pleased to jointly submit with community stakeholders to the Federal Monitor and Court in late September a series of recommendations to strengthen the police accountability and civilian oversight system for SPD.

“Passing and implementing police accountability reforms must follow the process set forth by the Court and the Monitor. I am encouraged that the Monitor has now set a timetable to respond to our joint recommendations. As has been done since I first took office in January of 2014, the City will continue working collaboratively with the Department of Justice, the Federal Court and the Monitor to fulfill the requirements under the federal consent decree.

“SPD has made significant strides in the last two years toward becoming a national model for urban policing. We must build on that progress with meaningful reforms to our civilian oversight and police accountability system.”