Judge Unexpectedly Rules Seattle Police Department in Full Compliance With DOJ Decree

In what the Seattle Times is calling “a landmark ruling” by U.S. District Judge James Robart, the judge has just found the Seattle Police Department (SPD) in “full and effective compliance” with a Department of Justice (DOJ) federal consent decree inflicted on the department five years ago.

“Citing data and case samples over a 28-month period, the monitor found overall use of force dropped both across time under the consent decree and when compared with the period that led to the Justice Department’s findings in 2011.”