07/27/2012

Seattle strikes deal on police actions

Days before it faced a federal civil-rights lawsuit, the city has reached a tentative agreement with the Department of Justice

By Mike Carter and Steve Miletich
Spokesman Review

SEATTLE — Days before it faced a federal civil-rights lawsuit, the city of Seattle has reached a tentative agreement with the Department of Justice to resolve the department's finding that Seattle police officers have engaged in a "pattern or practice" of excessive force, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.

An announcement on the agreement is expected today. The media briefing will include Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Perez, who heads the DOJ's Civil Rights Division, and who last came to Seattle to brief city officials on the findings. Mayor Mike McGinn, City Attorney Pete Holmes and U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan are expected to participate.

When asked to comment on the agreement, Police Chief John Diaz said, "It's going to have to wait until tomorrow."

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