The Seattle Community Police Commission (CPC) released its 2020 Annual Report today. The 40-page document details the CPC’s work in a year Seattle’s police accountability system faced unprecedented challenges from a global pandemic and police violence directed against protesters on unprecedented scales.
The report features a nondefinitive, but detailed timeline of events in Seattle following the murder of George Floyd, data on the state of CPC recommendations made in 2020, and a review of the implementation status of the Accountability Ordinance.
In the report, you will find that by the end of 2020:
- The CPC issued 52 recommendations to SPD, city leaders, and other agencies through 11 letters and reports.
- The CPC issued 6 key recommendations to SPD regarding its crowd control policies, all of which were declined.
- The landmark 2017 Accountability Ordinance, unanimously passed by the City with the support of the CPC, remained partially unimplemented – the biggest reason being Seattle’s police contracts.
About the Annual Report
The CPC’s Annual Report is mandated by the Accountability Ordinance and is intended to help our community and policy makers better understand Seattle’s progress in implementing police accountability reforms.
Since 2019 that has included annual reviews of the status of recommendations made by the CPC, Office of Inspector General, and Office of Police Accountability and a review of the implementation status of the Accountability Ordinance. That information is now more regularly updated and available on our website through two trackers released this year – the Police Accountability Recommendation Tracker (PART) and our Accountability Ordinance Tracker.