Correction re: Chief O’Toole’s statement on officer appeals

Yesterday while live tweeting a “Coffee with a cop” event at Starbucks, I inaccurately reported that Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole supports replacing the department’s internal Disciplinary Review Board (DRB, to which officers can appeal disciplinary decisions) with the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA):

Screenshot 2015-03-13 at 2.03.42 PM

I misunderstood Chief O’Toole. Here is what she said verbatim:

“[The Community Police Commission] have made additional recommendations for accountability, and I’m all for them, the police department is all for them. The more independence the OPA can have, the better. If people have complaints against the police and they’re investigated independently, they’ll have more trust in the police. Mayor Murray is actually filing legislation to get additional reforms passed. Some of them we were able to do without any legal changes. Other things we have to wait for the laws to change. But we’re absolutely in favor of accountability and transparency.”

I mistakenly believed that the CPC recommended replacing the DRB with the OPA, and that O’Toole’s statement that she supports the CPC’s recommendations implied the same. In fact, the CPC has recommended replacing the DRB with a different independent entity, the Public Safety Civil Service Commission:

Screenshot 2015-03-13 at 2.09.27 PM(See the comprehensive list of the CPC’s accountability recommendations here.)

So while O’Toole’s statement that she’s “all for” the CPC’s recommendations does imply she supports replacing the DRB with another, independent entity, I was wrong to identify that entity as the OPA. I apologize for this error in reporting, which is entirely my fault.


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