This is the Seattle Community Police Commission's weekly newsletter. We know keeping up with all the news about police reform can be hard. So every week, we'll give you a digestible dose of it delivered right to your inbox.


The fight over I-940 isn't over

Initiative 940 was approved by voters in November with wide-ranging community support, but the journey to implement its police reforms isn't over. 

The Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission is working with community groups, including the CPC, to create rules for how the new training requirements and independent investigations will work. Now is your chance to tell them what you think. 

They're focusing on the training requirements first. If you'd like to give them your thoughts online click here.


SPD Cheif says arrests won't help address homelessness

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best addressed a group of homeless service providers and advocates last week and said arrests aren't the answer to our region's issues with homelessness. 

Her remarks came in the wake of an hour-long KOMO news editorial "Seattle is Dying," which called on the city to allow SPD to arrest more people who are homeless and rely on prison-based treatment to address addiction and mental health problems. 

“I do believe that we have to make arrests in some cases and people are going to engage in criminal behavior, but an arrest is not going to help with homelessness,” Best said. “I don’t want people to conflate the two things, which we continue to do. If we arrest a person and they have a problem, whatever it is, and they get out in one day, ten days, 100 days, 8 months, they still have a problem.”

Read the Crosscut article here.


SPD releases body-cam video of Capitol Hill police shooting

Seattle Police released video of last week's police shooting in Capitol Hill. 

It shows a confrontation with a man with a gun who police say was in crisis. The man audibly says "You're gonna shoot me, because I'm not putting this gun down," when officers ask him to drop the weapon. 

Merrick Bob, Seattle's court-appointed consent decree monitor

New review: Police body cameras not having the effect many expected

A new review of 70 studies on the effects of police body cameras is shedding new light on the effects of the technology. 

The clearest finding of the review is that body camera video is more often used to prosecute civilians than to hold police accountable. 93 percent of prosecutors' offices used the footage primarily to prosecute civilians, according to one study.

The CPC has discussed body camera policy at length, but hasn't made an official recommendation because of some of these complex issues. 

Read more of the review's results in this article by Governing. 


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