Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell

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Dec 19 2014

Councilmember Harrell Statement on Launch of Body Camera Pilot

Press Release issued 12/18/2014:

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, issued the following statement regarding the pilot launch of body cameras:

“We have all been working toward this day, the pilot launch of body cameras on our police officers. This pilot is an important stage in helping the City assess the best hardware, logistics for storage and public disclosure, staffing support, officer feedback, and department use policies. My goal is full deployment in 2016. The public deserves to have clear impartial video evidence of police and civilian interactions, so we can more accurately examine incidents of police misconduct and produce video and audio evidence when shootings occur. A study from the Rialto (California) Police Department found cameras decreased the number of police misconduct claims by 88 percent and reduced the number of times officers had to use force by 60 percent. Body cameras will be a game changer, a progressive means to improve public safety, police accountability, transparency, and trust with the community.”

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Dec 04 2014

Property Crime Reduction Laws Announced by Councilmember Harrell

Press Release issued 12/04/2014:

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, announced three new policy proposals to help address property crime in Seattle. The proposed laws would make the following amendments to sections 6.288.050, 6.288.070 and 6.288.085 of the Seattle Municipal Code:

1) Require a clear digital photograph of jewelry exchanged at pawnshops and used goods dealers. This is in addition to the already-required documentation of the identity of the seller. Current law does not require a photograph.
2) Require report of jewelry transactions for all used goods dealers into a central database. An example is LeadsOnline, an online tool used by law enforcement and businesses to assist with solving crimes.
3) Require that payment to sellers of cellphones and tablets at pawnshops and used goods dealers be made through a check, as opposed to cash.

“Let’s use technology to do a better job of investigating and solving crimes,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell. “We can do a better job of recovering stolen property and as we move forward, I fully intend to collaboratively engage with business stakeholders to balance public safety with the business operations of used goods dealers.”

In addition, Councilmember Harrell will work with the City Attorney’s office to reexamine the penalties of noncompliance with the “No Buy List.” The police department maintains a “No Buy List,” which includes the names of 2,946 criminals previously convicted of property crimes who are prohibited from selling items to used goods dealers. SPD sends the “No Buy List” to Seattle area pawn shops and used goods dealers.

These proposals are part of a focused strategy with the Seattle Police Department to reduce property crimes. SPD presented data for burglaries and auto thefts yesterday with a strategy to focus on problem locations and prolific offenders. From October to November, auto thefts decreased 34 percent and car prowls decreased 25 percent.

Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has already assigned a member of the high-tech SPD team to help patrol officers track down stolen phones.

“The needle has moved but we must do more by relentlessly following up and assessing our methods to reduce crime,” said Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell. “I recognize that there is not one law or set of new laws that serves as a panacea to eliminate all property crime in our city. There must be overlapping strategies to address and reduce these crimes.”

Councilmember Harrell is also exploring a proposal to use GPS trackers on vehicles used in connection with home invasions as a condition of release from jail. Similar to the use of electronic home monitoring equipment and restrictions on driving privileges for drivers who drove impaired, a GPS system may enforce a no contact policy with that vehicle to the neighborhood where the home invasion or other property crime occurred. Elements of this proposal would require a change to existing SMC or RCW or both. This will require coordination with the King County Prosecutor’s office regarding logistics of implementation.

“We have to do something about these problems because I get tired of hearing we can’t do this, or we can’t do that,” Councilmember Harrell added. “I am working with our prosecutors to develop new ideas to be more aggressive on these home invasions. This is what the public demands.”

Councilmember Harrell will continue vetting these proposals with the community and the City’s law department. The expectation is to return to committee with legislation in early 2015.

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Dec 02 2014

Councilmember Harrell Statement on President Obama’s Announcement of Body-Worn Cameras

Statement issued 12/01/2014:

Councilmember Harrell Statement on President Obama’s Announcement of Body-Worn Cameras

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s body-worn camera announcement:

“I applaud President Obama’s announcement to allocate $263 million for a new program that will provide body-worn cameras for the police and expand training for law enforcement agencies. Specifically, the President’s proposal is a $75 million investment over three years that could help purchase 50,000 body-worn cameras nationwide. The Body-Worn Camera Partnership Program would provide a 50 percent match to states and cities who purchase body-worn cameras and hardware storage.

“I am in favor of our City applying for this grant with the goal of full deployment of body cameras for the Seattle Police Department in 2016. Seattle is currently on schedule to begin the body camera pilot at the end of this year with a complete assessment report completed September 2015.

“I have long advocated for body cameras, a progressive game-changing effort to improve public safety, police accountability, and transparency. Body cameras provide impartial evidence and build trust with the community. The public deserves to have clear video evidence of police and civilian interactions, so we can more accurately examine incidents of police misconduct and produce video and audio evidence when shootings occur. One solution to allow us to better understand what happened at Ferguson is to deploy body cameras on all police officers.”

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Nov 25 2014

Councilmember Harrell Statement on Ferguson Decision

Statement issued 11/25/2014:

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Ferguson grand jury decision:

“As a society and nation, we have gone through turbulent times between law enforcement and communities of color. After certain incidents of police violence against African Americans, we make incremental changes, but fail to adopt longstanding systematic changes that might prevent future violence in this country. The changes occur independently in each community impacted. Remember, Martin Luther King, Jr. said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ The Rodney King incident resulted in violent riots, but the LAPD is steadily changing for the better. Our City, two decades later, is under a Department of Justice Settlement Agreement to ensure constitutional, bias-free policing. I am hopeful the aftermath of this grand jury decision will lead to a meaningful dialogue between law enforcement and communities of color. The result should lead to positive changes in all cities and police departments. It would be easy to close our ears and not listen; we must demonstrate a capacity and willingness to listen and learn.

“Martin Luther King, Jr. also stated, ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.’ When we roll up our sleeves to turn our reaction into action, I see the bend towards justice as a greater commitment and investment in our black youth through education, jobs, and mentoring. A recent report says Seattle now has the ninth lowest income for African American households. This speaks to the affordability issue in Seattle where many African Americans are having to relocate to the suburbs. As a lifelong resident of Seattle, this is unacceptable. We must do a better job of creating a pathway to success. The two biggest economic drivers in the Seattle region since the recession have been the aerospace industry and companies like Amazon. We need to make a relentless commitment to help our young black males graduate from high school, attend college, and enter fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Council just added $175,000 in this year’s budget for youth outreach programs like Project M.I.S.T.E.R., which is operated by Southeast Youth and Family Services. Project M.I.S.T.E.R. is a school-based program that provides mentoring and guidance to African American youth. When we demonstrate a laser focus on helping our youth, we have seen results. Cleveland High School just graduated 89 percent of its senior class, rivaling Roosevelt’s 90.3 percent rate and surpassing Ballard’s 87.9 percent rate. When community members, parents, and elected leaders focus on the problem, work together, and take action, we can see results and justice.

“The Ferguson decision is a sobering reminder that we need to equip all police offers with cameras. The family of Michael Brown released a statement after the decision calling on people to join them in their push to, “…ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.” The public deserves to have clear video evidence of police and civilian interactions, so we can more accurately examine incidents of police misconduct and produce video and audio evidence when shootings occur. The grand jurors in the case heard 70 hours of testimony from roughly 60 witnesses with differing accounts. One answer to prevent the incident at Ferguson from occurring again is to deploy body cameras on all police officers.”

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Nov 04 2014

City of Seattle launches digital privacy initiative

News Release issued 11/03/2014 (From the Office of the Mayor):

City of Seattle launches digital privacy initiative

SEATTLE (Nov. 3, 2014) – Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmembers Bruce Harrell and Mike O’Brien today announced a citywide privacy initiative, aimed at providing greater transparency into the City’s data collection and use practices.

“In the course of doing business with the public, the City is collecting and exchanging increasing amounts of data,” said Murray. “As we continue to make innovative technology investments, we need to implement practices that support public trust in the security and privacy of personal information.”

“This initiative is a chance to demonstrate to the people of Seattle that their local government is managing their personal information responsibly,” said O’Brien. “It is yet another chance for Seattle to lead the nation on an important issue in people’s daily lives—we are not aware of any other cities proactively working to protect people’s privacy like this initiative sets out to do.”

“We will go through a robust process to completely re-examine how the City collects, use, retain, and delete data to ensure the privacy of our residents,” said Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee. “The city has never approached it in this kind of methodical and transparent manner across all City departments and engaging with privacy leaders in Seattle.”

The collection of data occurs in every day City processes, such as paying a utility bill, renewing a pet license, browsing a web page, or signing up for an email list. Police, fire and emergency services collect different forms of video and electronic data. The increasing complexity of emerging technologies, business systems and laws mean the City must take appropriate steps to facilitate the collection, use, and disposal of data in a manner that balances the needs of the City to conduct its business with individual privacy, in a manner that builds public trust.

As part of this initiative, the City has convened a group of stakeholders from across City departments including Police, Fire, City Light, Transportation, Information Technology, Law, and Seattle Public Library. This team will create a set of principles that govern how the City approaches privacy-impacting decisions and a privacy statement that communicates the City’s privacy practices to the public. In addition, the group will propose an approach to educating City departments on privacy practices and assess compliance.

“One of the challenges police departments face is how to maintain public trust while embracing new technologies to support officers in the field and using data to more effectively deploy resources to address crime and disorder issues,” said Seattle Police Department Chief Operating Officer Mike Wagers. “Protecting the privacy of citizens, while deploying useful technologies and being more data-driven as a department, is of paramount importance and is why this initiative is so critical.”

To advise the City’s efforts, Murray announced the creation of a Privacy Advisory Committee. Comprised of privacy researchers, practitioners, and community representatives, this group of experts will provide guidance on leading privacy practices and potential public impact of proposed solutions.

The City expects to deliver a completed privacy statement and plan for implementation to Council by June 2015.

City partners with University of Washington on privacy research
Working in partnership with the City of Seattle, University of Washington’s Dr. Jan Whittington was recently announced as the recipient of a grant to examine the relationships that exist between open data, privacy and digital equity and what harm municipal data could lead to with consumers or the marketplace.

This funding, $50,000, was awarded through a request for proposal from the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology on the exploration of implications of government release of large datasets. This research is funded by Microsoft, with a $25,000 match from the City of Seattle.

This joint effort will enable the City to be more transparent by making more of its data available through its open data platform,, while implementing the processes necessary to protect the privacy of data subjects. It will also result in a set of model policies and practices that can be leveraged by other municipalities seeking to enhance the privacy and utility of their open data programs.

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Oct 31 2014

Council to Host ‘Privacy Initiative’ Discussion

Media Advisory issued 11/03/2014:

Council to Host ‘Privacy Initiative’ Discussion

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell and Councilmember Mike O’Brien will host a discussion with Executive staff on the creation of a citywide Privacy Initiative this Monday. The initiative is intended to establish the City’s privacy practices and provide the public with greater transparency into the City’s data collection, use and retention practices.

The discussion will occur during Council’s regular Monday morning Briefings meeting and the conversation is expected to start approximately 9:30 a.m.

WHAT: Council Briefings meeting re: Seattle Privacy Initiative

WHEN: Monday, November 3, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Council Chambers, 2nd floor
Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle 98104

WHO: Councilmembers
Representatives from Seattle Police Department
Representatives from Office of Policy & Innovation
Representatives from Seattle Department of Information Technology

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