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Justice Dept. Begins Seattle Police Review

Associated Press

January 25, 2011

SEATTLE — The federal Justice Department has begun a preliminary review of the Seattle Police Department after the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and nearly three dozen other groups sought an investigation of officers’ use of force.

In December, the ACLU and the other groups contended that some Seattle police appear to “inflict injury out of anger” at suspects, especially minorities.

U.S. attorney’s office spokeswoman Emily Langlie tells The Seattle Times that U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan of Seattle has met with officials from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C., as well as representatives from the city, the Police Department and the groups that signed the letter.

Langlie says officials are trying to determine the scope of the review.


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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14642 Comments

    The ACLU and the DOJ for that matter need to go pound sand. Allow the Agency to police itself rather than have these Agencies out to make a case against them at any cost. If the complaints are that much then have another LE Agency in the area check out the complaints but definitely keep the damn ACLU out of it.

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    sigmachimarine

    over 3 years ago

    300 Comments

    The DOJ, or Department of Jokes, is past the point of no return as a political pawn. Too sad. I would say good luck to Seattle PD, but the fact of the matter is the PD will go on. Unfortunately, it will be the individual officers who will suffer (on some level) because of the DOJ's poor decisions. So, good luck Seattle PD's officers!

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Another waste of taxpayer money. When it is found that nothing is wrong, the ACLU should be made to pay all expenses, if that happens, this kind of crap will stop.

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    disco29

    over 3 years ago

    112 Comments

    Real easy way to curb these kind of allagations. Due your job as you are trained. Be professional at all times. Every cop with common sense knows we're always in the spot light. I hope everyone isn't naive enough to think that there aren't bad cops out there. I understand we moan and joke about these groups, but just saying keep a open mind. .

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    HapkidoKa

    over 3 years ago

    1098 Comments

    Notify the DOJ that illegals are selling dope on the corner and they will tell you to stop profiling and the ACLU will say they are disfortunate hard working migrants. Tell the DOJ and the ACLU that Cops of any race looked at a crook too long and they will begin a civil rights law suit and swear the cop is a power hungry racists abusing his authority.............................

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    51096 Comments

    Bump ssu459

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    Baxter2

    over 3 years ago

    1846 Comments

    Groups like the ACLU will eventually be the death of this great nation. They've been pecking away at the very foundations of this country for decades, hoping for an eventual collapse one day. They continue to make headway with agencies like the current Justice Department bowing to their every demand. Nuff said.

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    challedog

    over 3 years ago

    112 Comments

    Long story short... w/m Officer stops two b/f teens for j-walking. teens refuse to comply. teen 1 pushes cop, cop attempts to arrest. teen 2 hits cop in face. cop puches teen 2. arrests are made. All caught on camera phone. Seattle in upraor against "bad cop".

    You couldn't pay me enough to be a cop in Seattle or Portland.

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    clobster

    over 3 years ago

    1552 Comments

    A big reason I immediately don't think this is a reasonable investigation is that SPD has a fairly diverse workforce. They seek to recruit minorities of all backgrounds. Seattle is also generally a very accepting place of differences. I would be surprised if they reasonably concluded anything negative. I don't think the department has anything to worry about. Let them come in, find nothing and move on.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Well same song,verse one million.The A.C.L.U. is again proving they will do all in their power to dismantle our way of government.The same mantra they have used since the beginnuing of time."Let's get the Cops"..The Justice Dept. should tell them to pound sand,but look who's President,ergo,no big surprise.The bottom line is they will spend millions of our tax dollars on yet another witch hunt. and dog and pony show.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Not much information here.

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