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.
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.
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.
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.
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.