Court-appointed monitor’s comprehensive assessment of the Seattle Police Department

This afternoon Dr. Antonio Oftelie, the court-appointed police monitor, submitted his Comprehensive Assessment of the Seattle Police Department, as required under the 2012 Consent Decree.

From the executive summary, here is the monitor’s summary assessment:

In sum, based upon its reviews conducted over the course of 2021 and 2022 to date, the Monitor
finds that the Department has sustained full and effective compliance with areas relating to crisis
intervention, stops and detention, and bias-free policing. The Monitor further finds that the
Department has sustained full and effective compliance with use of force in all respects except
during the waves of protests over the summer of 2020, in which the serious concerns from both
the community and the Monitoring Team described herein evidenced a need for further work in
the area of policy and training around use of force, force reporting, and force review in large scale
crowd management events.


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