City Council candidates ask council to strengthen police accountability reform

For release: May 22, 2017

With a vote on the oversight authority for the Community Police Commission imminent, three candidates for City Council Position 8 joined together urging the sitting council to advance bold police accountability reform.

Candidates Jon Grant, Mac McGregor and Sheley Secrest signed a joint letter asking Seattle City Council to pursue policy that can expand opportunities for civilian oversight and rebuild trust between the community and police.

The candidates urge City Council to advance four policy changes: empower civilian oversight, fully fund the Community Police Commission as part of a permanent set aside in the budget, bring transparency to the process of officer discipline during contract negotiations and allow the CPC to hire its own executive director, ensuring power remains with the people.

An investigation into Seattle Police Department by the Department of Justice found that in more than 200 incidents of racial discrimination and use of excessive force, not a single officer was fired.This is why community input and transparency are vital moving forward when developing the final contract agreement.