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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Misconduct Links Update

Due to the inability of the City of Seattle to implement all of the OPARP review recommendations to improve police misconduct accountability AS IS, this site has decided to strongly recommend against reporting police abuses through the Seattle Police Department's Office of Professional Accountability (SPD OPA) until further notice.

The reasons for this should be clear, since the OPA process and Seattle's police chief have repeatedly and consistently shown that they are utterly unable to hold officers accountable for misconduct it can only be concluded that reporting instances of misconduct through the SPD's own system of accountability can do nothing positive for abused citizens or the general public.

Additionally, if the process does not help citizens or the public by holding abusive officers accountable, it can then only serve to give the Seattle Police Department 's interensts by giving them the ability to prepare for any anticipated legal actions against them by providing them early warning of potential lawsuits and more time to prepare for cases.

So, since the process is incapable of providing beneficial results to the persons who have been abused by Seattle police officers or protect the community at large... we cannot condone the use of this process as a recourse for those harmed by abusive officers or act as a witness to their abuses.

Therefore, we highly recommend that victims of police brutality DO NOT use the OPA as a police misconduct reporting mechanism.

This site will remove links to the OPA reporting mechanism in the "Reporting Misconduct" link section and post direct links to alternative reporting mechanisms for your use for the time being, including:





Again, we cannot stress this enough, DO NOT REPORT POLICE ABUSES TO THE OPA until the city and the guild can at least implement the recommended reforms proposed by the accountability review panels. Even then, we still STRONGLY recommend that you contact a legal professional that specializes in police misconduct litigation prior to filing any complaints with any agencies.

However, if you still wish to try and use the Seattle Police Department's Office of Professional Accountability misconduct reporting process, you can find the official complaint form here.

Stay safe.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for those alternative links.

I hope many Seattle citizens find resolution in U.S. Code Title 42 > Chapter 136 > Subchapter IX > Part B > § 14141.

Packratt said...

Thanks, I'll be making them more prominent soon and I'm working on others. The lawyers links is the hard one since they don't advertise well.

I wish I had more time to do this stuff.

Thanks for the comment!

 
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