SPD consent decree: Judge lifts most federal oversight of Seattle Police Department

Posted on AllSides September 7th, 2023
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After more than a decade, the majority of a federal consent decree placed on the Seattle Police Department (SPD) has been lifted. SPD has been under the thumb of a consent decree – federal oversight requiring the department to reform policing tactics. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice found officers frequently used excessive force, failed to deescalate interactions and failed to properly assist people in mental health crises, all without facing consequences. Seattle has spent about $200 million on its efforts, including the cost of new policies, database systems...

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