On Friday the Seattle City Attorney's Office announced it will ask a judge to vacate the obstruction conviction of Donald Fuller. The decision comes after Fuller, with help from his lawyer James Egan, raised serious concerns about how an OPA complaint he filed resulted in charges against him that he otherwise would not have faced.
Yesterday Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, the chair of the council's Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee, issued a statement applauding the City Attorney's decision.
Here's what Harrell had to say:
"I commend the City Attorney's decision to ask the Court to vacate the conviction of Mr. Fuller. This is a time when the building of trust between the Police Department, the Office of Professional Accountability and the public should be a priority and we must demonstrate this commitment by our action; not simply our talk. This action taken by the City Attorney demonstrates that the City takes seriously its obligations to serve the public faithfully and objectively when there are complaints of police misconduct. I look forward to working with City officials in making sure we design an accountability system that does not result in the prodding of criminal charging decisions against those who make good faith complaints of officer misconduct."
Below are some links to The Daily Weekly's previous coverage of Fuller's saga: