Update on City/DOJ Settlement: Community Police Commission, Monitoring Plan

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Monitoring Plan submitted by Merrick Bobb to US District Judge James Robart

Next week the City Council will hold two meetings touching on the Settlement Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to reform policing in Seattle.

On Monday, March 11, the Council will host Merrick Bobb, the Court-appointed independent monitor, at the 9 a.m. Council Briefings meeting.

A federal judge is scheduled to hear the Monitoring Plan proposed by Bobb on Tuesday, March 12. The Monitoring Plan is designed to set expectations, timelines, and monitor progress to meeting the terms of the Settlement Agreement. It includes an Appendix A listing a schedule of priorities for the Settlement Agreement, and an Appendix B, a detailed matrix regarding the core requirements of policies, training and implementation submitted by the Seattle Police Department. Mayor McGinn issued a statement this afternoon re: the Monitoring Plan.

Secondly, the Public Safety Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday to consider the proposed membership of the Community Police Commission in a public hearing.  The creation of the Commission was included as part of the City’s settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to reform policing in Seattle.

The members appointed by the Mayor must be approved by the City Council. A news release by Councilmember Harrell, chair of the Public Safety Committee, provides further details.

The 15 proposed members are:

1) Claudia DAllegri, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Vice President of Behavioral Health;

2) Lisa Daugaard, Co-chair, Defender Association, Deputy Director;

3) Kate Joncas, Downtown Seattle Association, President and CEO;

4) Bill Hobson, Downtown Emergency Services Center, Executive Director;

5) Jay Hollingsworth, John T. Williams Organizing Committee;

6) Joseph Kessler, Seattle Police Department, Captain;

7) Diane Narasaki, Co-chair, Asian Counseling & Referral Service, Executive Director;

8) John Page, Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, Program Coordinator at the Defender Associations Racial Disparity Project;

9) Tina Podlodowski, former Seattle City Councilmember;

10) Marcel Purnell, Youth Undoing Institutional Racism;

11) Jennifer Shaw, ACLU of Washington, deputy director,

12) Kevin Stuckey, Seattle Police Department, Officer;

13) Kip Tokuda, former State Representative for the 37th Legislative District;

14) Rev. Harriet Walden, Co-founder of Mothers for Police Accountability; and

15) Rev. Aaron Williams, Mount Zion Baptist Church, Senior Pastor.