Federal criticism leads to city police reforms
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.
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