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SEATTLE CONSENT DECREE MONITOR
Information and Resources from the Seattle Police Department Federal Consent Decree Monitoring Team
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Welcome to the Seattle Consent Decree Monitor Website

Here you'll find information and resources related to the Seattle Police Department Federal Consent Decree Monitoring program.

About

What is the Consent Decree? How did it come about? What can the Monitor do?

Documents

Find the Monitor's Summer 2021 Interim Report, and Other Documents Related to the Consent Decree Hree

Contact

Reach out to the Monitor Team with your thoughts and feedback

Community Engagement Sessions

The Monitor will be collaborating with the Seattle Community Police Commission to convene a series of Community Engagement Sessions around the completed comprehensive assessments of the Seattle Police. The goal of the Community Engagement Sessions is to inform the public on overall progress of the consent decree, communicate results of the assessments, and gain insights and ideas directly from the community on progress needed in 2022 to work toward compliance and closure of the consent decree effectively and legitimately.

The Monitor and the Community Police Commission will conduct three Community Engagement Sessions – each dedicated to one assessment area of Crisis Intervention, Stops and Detentions, and Use of Force – along with corresponding assessment of Supervision relative to each:

January 11th, 2022

Crisis Intervention

The Monitoring Team will report on SPD’s capacity to respond to a person in crisis as well as statistics related to SPD’s crisis intervention response, including the frequency of crisis response and the outcomes of these events. This section of the report will also discuss training requirements and completion as well as frequency of use of force in crisis situations and misconduct allegations related to crisis intervention.

February 8th, 2022

Stops and Detentions

The assessment of stops and detentions will include statistical analysis of SPD stop trends overall, and broken out by demographics, over time. The assessment will include statistics regarding the frequency of frisks and how often frisks result in the discovery of weapons. The report will include a review of the quality of SPD stop practices and supervision of these practices to assess SPD’s compliance with Constitutional requirements pertaining to stops and frisks.

ASSESSMENT FORTHCOMING...

March 8th, 2022

Use of Force

The Monitoring Team’s assessment will update the public on statistics related to SPD’s use of force practices, both overall and specifically related to protests in 2020. The report will discuss SPD’s use of force review and investigation systems and statistics on misconduct allegations related to use of force. 

ASSESSMENT FORTHCOMING...

Recent Updates to the Monitoring Site

We've recently added new information for the public to the Monitoring website. You can find this content below:

Seattle Police Monitor Preliminary Assessment: Crisis Intervention December 2021

The purpose of these preliminary assessments is to provide updated information to the Court and community about the Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) performance across the core areas of the Consent Decree since the prior Monitoring Team last provided comprehensive overviews of SPD’s progress.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Question

WHAT IS THE SEATTLE CONSENT DECREE?

The Consent Decree is a court-approved settlement agreement resolving a lawsuit that the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) brought against the Seattle Police Department (SPD) and the City of Seattle.  That lawsuit alleged that SPD had engaged in a pattern or practice of constitutional violations.  The Consent Decree required SPD and the City to adopt a comprehensive set of reforms designed to promote fair and constitutional policing, rebuild SPD’s relationships with Seattle’s communities, and ensure public safety.  The settlement was set forth in two documents: the Consent Decree and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU dealt mainly with the creation of a Community Police Commission ("CPC") and the SPD Crisis Intervention Committee ("CIC"). The Community Police Commission, originally formed and designated as a temporary body, was subsequently established as a permanent quasi-independent Seattle City government agency.

Frequently Asked Question

WHAT LED TO THE SEATTLE CONSENT DECREE?

Following a petition to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) by 33 Seattle community organizations, a nine-month investigation of the Seattle Police Department (SPD) by the DOJ Civil Rights Division and the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Washington, commenced in December 2011. That investigation found a pattern or practice of excessive force against citizens that violates the U.S. Constitution and federal law. The investigation also raised serious concerns that some police practices – particularly those related to pedestrian encounters with police – could result in discriminatory or biased policing. The DOJ and the City of Seattle entered into a settlement, which took the form of a federal-court-enforced Consent Decree.

The Seattle Police Monitor Team

John joe

Antonio Oftelie

Federal Monitor

John joe

Ron Ward

Associate Monitor

John joe

Matthew Barge

Associate Monitor