The Community Police Commission just won a huge victory. On Monday, August 15, Federal judge James Robart cleared the way for the City Council to consider legislation that will create a permanent civilian oversight structure for the Seattle Police Department. This decision is the culmination of a 5-year struggle during which the Commission has fought with the judge, the Mayor, and the powerful police union.
Immediately following the judge’s decision, the Commissioners spoke to the public via “Facebook Live” from the steps of the courthouse. (This is an innovative and powerful use of this new service!)