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Mayor Mike McGinn Gives Up Fight Against Feds, Promises Sweeping Changes to Seattle Police Department

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Facing pressure from all sides, the Seattle Police Department and Mayor Mike McGinn have finally caved to demands that sweeping changes be implemented in how the local police force does business.

McGinn and SPD Chief John Diaz announced an end to their fight against the U.S. Department of Justice's findings that SPD routinely violates the constitution when it uses force, and its recommendations that several steps be taken to stop the abuses of power.

Previously McGinn and Diaz had both voiced skepticism about the DOJ's findings. But yesterday's letter from the ACLU of Washington and 34 other civil-rights organizations demanding a change in tone from the mayor seems to have broken through to the stubborn leaders.

The main changes announced by McGinn are:

1. Implementing a "system of consistent supervision" for patrol officers.

2. The creation of a new "Professional Standards Section."

3. A new "Force Review Board" and "Force Investigation" team that will look into all uses of force by officers.

4. A "top-to-bottom review and rewrite" of SPD's policies and procedures.

5. Revisions to the Office of Professional Accountability and how it classifies and responds to complaints.

The news was met with applause by the ACLU, where local spokesman Doug Honig called it a "welcome and positive development."

Reactions from readers on media outlets have been less than ecstatic with the phrase "too little, too late" being a common theme among comments to coverage of the news.

Read McGinn's full letter below.

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