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Thus far, Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Police Chief John Diaz's response to the DOJ finding that SPD routinely violates the constitution has been to

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Mayor Mike McGinn Told by 35 Civil-Rights Groups to Stop Fighting DOJ Findings

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Thus far, Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Police Chief John Diaz's response to the DOJ finding that SPD routinely violates the constitution has been to demand that the feds prove it. This attitude isn't flying with 35 different civil-rights groups.

Led by the ACLU of Washington, the groups today sent a strongly-worded letter to McGinn, asking him to stop fighting the feds' recommendations for cleaning up the department's act, and simply clean up their act.

We are concerned that some of your public comments give the impression of a reluctance to embrace the recommendations of the report. Instead of focusing on re-evaluating the data, the City's leadership should focus on finding solutions to well-documented problems that have developed over the years at the Seattle Police Department.

The Seattle Police Officers' Guild, meanwhile, continues to see the DOJ report mainly as a way of negotiating more pay and better conditions for officers.

Hopefully the ACLU is drafting a letter to send to the unions as well.

Read the full draft below.

McGinn Ltr Re Public Statement 12 19 11 Sign Ons (2)

 
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