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News Release, Published: 
Friday, November 20, 2009

The King County Council has voted to create an independent office of oversight for the Sheriff's office. It was one of several recommendations made by a blue ribbon panel that included ACLU of Washington Legislative Director Jennifer Shaw.

News Release, Published: 
Friday, November 20, 2009

The ACLU has asked Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske to take action to reduce unjustified arrests for obstructing a police officer, a charge that is only intended to be used on bystanders who interfere with police actions.

News Release, Published: 
Friday, November 20, 2009

As we approach the anniversary of WTO and a new series of rallies, the City of Seattle needs to show that it has learned the right lessons from last year's demonstrations.

News Release, Published: 
Friday, November 20, 2009

In September the Seattle City Council passed the first ordinance resulting from police failures during the WTO demonstrations. As recommended in the ACLU's report on WTO, the law requires all Seattle Police Department officers to wear legible identification on the outermost layer of their uniforms and to orally identify themselves when asked by citizens.

News Release, Published: 
Friday, November 20, 2009

Recommendations to our City Leaders for Contract Negotiations with Seattle Police Officers Guild

News Release, Published: 
Friday, November 20, 2009

Although the Seattle City Council has adopted reforms to strengthen citizen oversight of police misconduct investigations, a move is already underway to weaken them by eliminating one component – the citizen audit panel.

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