In an already contentious situation, the headline - and the court documents it's based on - only ups the ante. As the City of Seattle and federal lawyers negotiate in the background, "in good faith," to find middle ground and mend a debatably broken police department, city attorneys, working to quash a lawsuit brought by Martin Monetti Jr. (the Latino man who Shandy Cobane threatened to "beat the Mexican piss out of"), have now gone on record critiquing the DOJ report that found Seattle police officers regularly resort to excessive force, questioning its trustworthiness and reliability.
Monetti's is seeking to enter the DOJ report into evidence as part of his lawsuit.
As the Seattle Times piece notes:
In its filing, the city is asking [U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez] to consider the DOJ's report document "inadmissible hearsay opinion," arguing that it is sloppy and incomplete.
"There are many negative factors that weigh against the reliability and trustworthiness of the DOJ report,... " wrote Assistant City Attorney Brian Maxey, who said the Justice Department based its findings on the "subjective opinions" of two retired law-enforcement officials hired as consultants.
And that's just the beginning. Find the full court documents that the Seattle Times story is based on below: