Fed­eral crit­i­cism leads to city po­lice re­forms

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SEAT­TLE | Seat­tle Mayor Mike Mcginn on Thurs­day pro­posed a se­ries of po­lice re­forms in re­sponse to a damn­ing fed­eral re­port that came af­ter sev­eral high-pro­file in­ci­dents in­volv­ing mi­nori­ties.

Mr. Mcginn and po­lice Chief John Diaz said among the 20 ini­tia­tives to be im­ple­mented over 20 months were train­ing for all of­fi­cers on use-of-force stan­dards, the de­vel­op­ment of pro­to­col to make sure en­coun­ters don’t es­ca­late and steps to ad­dress bi­ased polic­ing.

“As mayor, I will be hold­ing po­lice lead­er­ship ac­count­able to achieve these changes,” Mr. Mcginn said at a City Hall press con­fer­ence.

In De­cem­ber, the U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment said in­ad­e­quate su­per­vi­sion and train­ing had led of­fi­cers to grab weapons such as ba­tons and flash­lights too quickly, in­ten­si­fy­ing con­fronta­tions even when ar­rest­ing peo­ple for mi­nor of­fenses. The depart­ment launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing the fa­tal shoot­ing of a home­less Amer­i­can In­dian wood­carver and other re­ported uses of force against mi­nori­ties. min­i­mum-se­cu­rity camp with full priv­i­leges af­ter spend­ing 20 days in iso­la­tion.

One of his lawyers, Pat Shea, said Dechristo­pher was placed in con­fine­ment for an ill-ad­vised word he used in an email to sup­port­ers. He used the word “threaten” about re­turn­ing a do­na­tion that was made to his le­gal de­fense fund.

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