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CPC Co-chairs' statement on City's requeset for extension in Consent Decree case

July 10 - The Court ordered the City and Department of Justice to work with the Community Police Commission (CPC) and the Monitoring Team to find a way to fix the accountability issues in the police contracts by July 15th.
Five days before the deadline, the City has not yet held any meetings with all of the stakeholders mentioned by the judge. 

CPC tracking developments related to Federal Judge's ruling

June 26 - Last week, Mayor Durkan informed the CPC Co-Chairs that the City had chosen a group of largely out-of-state consultants to assess Seattle's accountability system.
We don't know what mandate the consultants have been given. We do know that none of the four were involved in the hard work from 2013 to 2017 that culminated in the passage of Seattle's accountability ordinance, which was hailed by city leaders as a triumph and national model. Mayor Durkan also supported that legislation.

Statement on letter from community groups calling for a strong police accountability system

June 21 Dozens of community groups including the ACLU of Washington and NAACP Seattle-King County stood up today and said they expect the City to keep its police accountability promises. 

CPC statement on Federal Court Order

May 21 - While the Community Police Commission is still reviewing the Court's order, we're ready to work with city leaders to make sure Seattle has a strong police accountability system.
Judge Robart agreed with the CPC's position and, in doing so, is sending a strong message that the recent police contracts undermine accountability and must be improved.

Federal Judge agrees with CPC on police contracts

May 15, 2019 - Agreeing with the CPC, Judge Robart acknowledged that the police contracts weakened the accountability system and broke a promise that was made to the community. 

CPC designates interim Executive Director

May 3, 2019 - The Community Police Commission has voted to designate Bessie Marie Scott as its interim executive director. 

CPC statement on the delayed release of ruling to reinstate SPD officer 

Jan. 17, 2019 - The City of Seattle has been working for nearly seven years under a Consent Decree to rebuild trust and confidence between the police and the community. The report in The Seattle Times on Monday that the Seattle Police Officer's Guild (SPOG) may have worked with City officials to delay the public release of the ruling in the excessive force case involving Adley Shepherd until after the City Council's vote to ratify the SPOG contract threatens to critically undermine the progress the City has made. 

CPC Letter Regarding New Year's Eve Police-Involved Shooting

Jan. 1, 2019 - The Community Police Commission has sent the following letter regarding how Initiative 940 may affect the investigation of last night's police-involved shooting. 

CPC Offers New Way Forward on Proposed Contract

Oct. 31, 2018 - The Community Police Commission met with the mayor's office and proposed a new way forward that will get officers fair pay now, while also allowing the city and police union to work together to protect accountability reforms the current proposed contract would give up.  

CPC to Host Teach-in on Proposed Police Contract

Oct. 23, 2018 - The Community Police Commission is hosting a community meeting and teach-in about the proposed police contract.

CPC Response to Memo by Councilmember Gonzalez

Oct. 22, 2018 - We appreciate Councilmember Gonzalez's commitment to carefully examine the impact of the proposed SPOG contract on the 2017 Accountability Ordinance. We are concerned, however, that the request for analysis from the Inspector General and the Office of Police Accountability Director misconstrues the CPC's position.

CPC Recommends City Council Rejects Proposed Police Contract

Oct. 17, 2018 - The Community Police Commission voted today to recommend the Seattle City Council reject the tentative contract with the Seattle Police Officer's Guild (SPOG). 

Proposed Police Contract Made Public

Oct. 15, 2018 - The tentative contract between the city and the Seattle Police Officer's Guild (SPOG) will be made public for the first time today. 

Statement on WA Supreme Court I-940 ruling

Aug. 28, 2018 - While the police reforms of I-940 are now in the hands of the voters, the Community Police Commission repeats its call for the Seattle Police Department to take action now to update its use of force policy.

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