The monitor also found blacks are stopped and frisked at higher rates than their representation in Seattle’s population — an area of concern that requires additional study by the police department on what is driving the disparity.
In a major milestone, the federal monitor overseeing Seattle police reforms has found the department to be in compliance with court-ordered requirements regarding stop-and-frisk practices.
The monitor, Merrick Bobb, also found the department to be in compliance with requirements calling for the creation of a bias-free policing policy, officer training and supervisory responsibilities.
The department has now been found in initial compliance with all 10 of the monitor’s assessments of the department’s progress, including sweeping use-of-force reforms at the center of a 2012 consent decree between the city and U.S. Justice Department.
As a result, the city could petition U.S. District Judge James Robart, who is presiding over the case, to find the Police Department in full compliance with all or part of the court order, although the timing could be influenced by November’s mayoral election and protracted contract issues with police unions.
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“We are in the process of reviewing the assessment and, as such, have no comment at this time,” the City Attorney’s Office said in a statement Monday.
The mayor’s office also declined to comment on the report, which comes at delicate time as the city and Police Department deal with the highly charged fatal shooting on Sunday of an African-American mother of four by two white Seattle police officers.
The report, filed Sunday evening by Bobb’s monitoring team, found Seattle police are complying with legal and policy requirements related to stops, searches and seizures.
“The number of stops and detentions of individuals that are not supported by sufficient legal justification is…