Today’s Seattle Council Briefing
Happy Monday! Let’s see what’s happening at Seattle Council Briefing today, shall we?
CM González introduced a new amendment (Amendment 2
) to the legislation regarding AAPI hate crimes, moving the $150k for funding a public safety coordinator for the ID from the SPD to the Department of Neighborhoods, where this position would be housed. The amended legislation passed this afternoon.
Tomorrow there will be a short Public Safety and Human Services committee meeting, as a few agenda items had to be postponed. It doesn’t look like anything earth-shaking is scheduled so I won’t be live-tweeting. CM Herbold mentioned the Seattle Times article on the problems with SPD officers and their off-duty work
, but she didn’t have any new information to share. It’s important to remember the current SPOG contract limits changes to the off duty work policy for officers, so this is yet another issue that would need to be bargained. A key quote from the article:
Seth Stoughton, a professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, surveyed 162 police departments and found that 130 allowed some form of off-duty work. Of these, only 11.5% said they were required to do so by union contracts, according to a 2017 paper he authored.
Seattle’s city auditor, in its own survey, found that SPD “has very little control
over off-duty police work compared to the other agencies we reviewed.”
State Legislature News
We only have about two weeks left in this session! Several bills passed out of their current chamber: 1089 concerning compliance audits, 1267 and 1310 dealing with use of force, and 5066 regarding an officer’s duty to intervene. 5226, concerning driving with a suspended license, passed with an unfortunate amendment still attached. It will now go back to the Senate for concurrence (the two chambers have to reach agreement on the bill since it’s been changed significantly).
Thanks for reading, and enjoy the beautiful weather!
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