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.


New York Times editorial:
To reform police, target their contract

While the fight for police accountability through the police contract is still on in Seattle, Austin activists talk about the successes they've had in their own police contract battle. 

Read the New York Times editorial here.


Seattle Police remove police tower from South Seattle parking lot

 SPD has removed a controversial police tower in a Safeway parking lot less than a week after setting it up.

The CPC is gathering more information about SPD's use of the tower and will be discussing it at future meetings.  

Many community members in south Seattle publicly objected to the tower immediately after it was put up. 

An SPD official said there had been an uptick in crime in the area, and that the idea was the community would always "wonder whether or not there's a police officer on a walkie-talkie up there."

It was taken down earlier than planned on Friday. Police Chief Carmen Best said, "In this instance the department should have engaged in more thoughtful outreach with the affected community prior to deployment, and I can ensure you that in the future the placement of this vehicle, particularly in residential areas, will include this outreach and the use of other tools where appropriate."


OPA releases new data in annual report

The Seattle Office of Police Accountability (OPA), the civilian-led organization with the power to investigate policy and legal violations by Seattle Police employees, released their 2018 Annual Report Friday.

It's packed full of interesting information about Seattle's police accountability system that can help inform people interested in police reform in our city and elsewhere.


The fight for I-940 is still on

Right now, the state is trying to decide how the new training requirements for officers should work under I-940.

A group of community stakeholders, including the CPC, has had two meetings over the last week to discuss the new training rules. No final decisions have been reached yet, and you still have time to give your own input. 

Read more about how to do that here.


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