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Sep 30 2013

Council reconfirms Anne Levinson as police oversight auditor

Press Release issued 9/30/13:

Levinson to serve second term monitoring the Office of Professional Accountability

SEATTLE – City Council unanimously confirmed retired Judge Anne Levinson as the Civilian Auditor for the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA).

The City’s civilian police oversight structure is a three prong system. They include:

• The OPA civilian Director, who is chiefly responsible for overseeing police accountability and conducting investigations into all complaints of police misconduct. The Council confirmed Pierce Murphy as the new OPA Director earlier this year.

• The OPA Review Board, which is a seven-member board that has the authority to review closed files and make recommendations about police policies and procedures. The Board is also responsible for conducting public outreach on police accountability issues.

• The OPA civilian Auditor, an attorney who provides independent oversight of OPA to ensure misconduct complaints are appropriately addressed and investigations of misconduct are thorough, objective and timely. The Auditor works to improve police accountability and professional conduct by recommending changes to Police Department, City and OPA policies, training, systems and practices.

“With the establishment of the Community Police Commission and confirmations of the OPA civilian Auditor and Director completed, we finally have these positions solidified as we move forward with the Department of Justice Settlement Agreement and search for a new Police Chief,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee. “Judge Levinson has been a leader in advancing policy changes to the police accountability system. I value her candid and objective assessments and fearless reputation to bring forward issues that will bring long-lasting positive changes to the Seattle Police Department.”

“Strong, independent civilian oversight enhances the public’s trust and confidence in the Police Department and helps ensure that the Department’s culture fosters respect for the law, a commitment to upholding the rights and dignity of community members and continuous dedication to improving the quality and effectiveness of policing,” said Judge Levinson.

Clerk File 313091: Reappointment and Oath of Office of Judge Anne Levinson (Ret.) as Auditor, Office of Professional Accountability, to a term from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2016.

Link to Judge Anne Levinson (Ret.) – Response to Reconfirmation Questions

The OPA Auditor is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The Auditor is eligible to serve up to three three-year terms.

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Sep 24 2013

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee (9/24/13)

Public Safety, Civil Rights, And Technology Committee Agenda for Wednesday, 9/24/2013, 2:00 PM

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1. C.F. 313236 (PDF Version)
Appointment of Dana M.Lewis as member, Citizen’s Telecommunication and Technology Advisory Board for a term of confirmation to October 1, 2015.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION AND VOTE (5 minutes)
Presenter(s): David Keyes, Department of Information Technology (DoIT)

2. C.F. 313237 (PDF Version)
Appointment of Phillip D. Duggan as member, Citizens’ Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board, for a term of confirmation to September 1, 2014.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION AND VOTE (5 minutes)
Presenter(s): David Keyes, DoIT

3. C.F. 313227 (PDF Version)
Appointment of Jaron E. Reed as member, Seattle Women’s Commission, for a term of confirmation to July 1, 2015.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION AND VOTE (5 minutes)
Presenter(s): Julie Nelson, Director, Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR)

4. C.F. 313228 (PDF Version)
Appointment of Nicki E. Oliver as member, Seattle Women’s Commission, for a term of confirmation to August 31, 2014.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION AND VOTE (5 minutes)
Presenter(s): Julie Nelson, Director, SOCR

5. C.F. 313229 (PDF Version)
Appointment of S. Iyabo Tinbu-Karch as member, Seattle Women’s Commission, for a term of confirmation to July 1, 201 5.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION AND VOTE (5 minutes)
Presenter(s): Julie Nelson, Director, SOCR
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Sep 18 2013

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee (9/18/13)

Public Safety, Civil Rights, And Technology Committee Agenda for Wednesday, 9/18/2013, 2:00 PM

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1. Seattle Police Monitor: Update on the proposed use of force policies and other issues related to compliance with the Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Justice
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (30 minutes)
Presenter: Merrick Bobb, Seattle Police Monitor

2. Community Police Commission Briefing
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (15-20 minutes)
Presenters: Lisa Daugaard and Diane Narasaki, Community Police Commission Co-chairs, and Betsy Graef, Seattle Community Police Commission; Dan Eder, Central Staff

3. C.F. 313091
Appointment of the Oath of Office of Judge Anne Levinson (Ret.) as Auditor, Office of Professional Accountability, to a term from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2016.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (15 minutes)
Presenters: Judge Anne Levinson, Office of Professional Accountability Auditor; Mayor’s Office; Michael Fong, Central Staff
Supporting Documents:
a. Judge Anne Levinson Response to Reconfirmation Questions
b. Proposed Time Outline for Reconfirmation

4. C.B. 117918 (PDF Version)
Relating to the City’s criminal code; amending and adding various sections and subsections in Chapters 6.240, 12A.02, 12A.06, 12A.08, 12A.10, 12A.14, 12A.16, 12A.24, 12A.28, 16.20, 16.64, 18.12 of the Seattle Municipal Code to conform with changes in state law.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION AND VOTE (5-10 minutes)
Presenter: Richard Greene, Law Department

5. C.B. 117919 (PDF Version)
Relating to the City’s traffic code; amending various sections and subsections in and adding sections to Chapters 3.33, 11.14, 11.20, 11.22, 11.30, 11.31, 11.56, 11.57, 11.58, 11.64, 11.72 and 11.84 of the Seattle Municipal Code to conform with changes in state law.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION AND VOTE (5-10 minutes)
Presenter: Richard Greene, Law Department

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Sep 17 2013

Council Committee to vote on Police Oversight Auditor

Media Advisory issued 9/17/13:

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, will call for a vote at Committee tomorrow to reappoint retired Judge Anne Levinson as the Civilian Auditor for the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA).

The Auditor is a civilian who serves as an independent advisor to the City. The Auditor has the opportunity to review every case to see if it is properly classified, reviewing each investigation to make sure it is thorough, objective and timely. The Auditor has access to all documents and records that are relevant to any investigation. The Auditor has the capacity to improve police accountability and professional conduct by making recommendations to advance procedural changes on how complaints are handled and processed.

By ordinance, the Auditor is required to issue a public report twice per year, summarizing her activities; the number of complaints and investigations reviewed; her requests for reclassifications of complaints or additional investigations to be conducted; recommendations for additional officer training and policy or procedural changes; and, findings from audits of OPA records or OPA Director’s reports.

Clerk File 313091: Reappointment and Oath of Office of Judge Anne Levinson (Ret.) as Auditor, Office of Professional Accountability, to a term from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2016.
Link to Judge Anne Levinson (Ret.) – Response to Reconfirmation Questions

If voted on in committee, the Full Council will vote on the reappointment of Judge Anne Levinson on Monday, September 30.

The Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee collaborated with the following organizations during the confirmation process: Community Police Commission, Seattle Human Rights Commission, United Black Christian Clergy of Washington, Washington State Commission on African American Affairs, United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, Columbia Legal Services, Public Defender Association, American Civil Liberties Union, Chief Seattle Club, Seattle King County NAACP, El Centro de la Raza, Minority Executive Directors Coalition of King County, Washington Human Rights Commission, Office of Professional Accountability Review Board, and Sea-Mar Community Health Centers.

WHAT: Vote on Civilian Auditor of the Office of Professional Accountability at the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee

WHEN: 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 18

WHERE: Seattle City Hall
Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
600 Fourth Ave, Seattle 98104

WHO: Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell
Councilmember Mike O’Brien
Councilmember Nick Licata
Judge Anne Levinson, Office of Professional Accountability Auditor

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Sep 16 2013

Federal Police Monitor to brief Council on new use of force policies

Media Advisory issued 9/16/13:

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, will host Merrick Bobb and members of the Seattle Police Monitoring Team at committee this Wednesday. The Seattle Police Monitor will provide an update on the proposed use of force policies and other issues related to compliance with the Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Justice.

Link to New Use of Force Policies for the Seattle Police Department

Co-Chairs of the Community Police Commission will also brief Council on their policy recommendations and the work it is doing in the area of community engagement.

WHAT: Briefing on proposed Seattle Police Department use of force policies at the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee

WHEN: 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 18

WHERE: Seattle City Hall
Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
600 Fourth Ave, Seattle 98104

WHO: Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell
Councilmember Mike O’Brien
Councilmember Nick Licata
Merrick Bobb, Seattle Police Monitor
J. Michael Diaz, Civil Rights Coordinator
Thomas Bates, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, Department of Justice
Lisa Daugaard, Co-Chair, Community Police Commission
Diane Narasaki, Co-Chair, Community Police Commission

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Sep 04 2013

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee (9/04/13)

Public Safety, Civil Rights, And Technology Committee Agenda for Wednesday, 9/04/2013, 2:00 PM
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1. Downtown Seattle Public Safety: Discussion on recent public safety incidents in Downtown Seattle; Define and implement solutions
Presenters: Chief James Pugel, Seattle Police Department; Pete Holmes, City Attorney; Craig Sims, City Attorney ‘s Office; Ethan Raup and Carl Marquardt, Mayor’s Office; Betty McNeely, Seattle Municipal Court; Dan Satterberg, King C ounty Prosecuting Attorney’s Office; Sheriff John Urquhart, King County Sheriff’s Office, Metro Transit Police, and Sound Tran sit Police; Gary Johnson, Department of Planning and Development; Christopher Williams, Parks Department; Catherine Lester and Sola Plumacher, Human Services Department; Jon Scholes, Downtown Seattle Association; Don Blakeney, Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area; Leslie Smith, Alliance for Pioneer Square.
Supporting Document:
a. Downtown Seattle Association letter to Mayor Michael McGinn and the Seattle City Council dated July 31, 2013.

C. Public Comment
(up to 20 minutes)

D. Items of Business (continued)
1. C.F. 313091
Appointment and Oath of Office of Judge Anne Levinson (Ret.) as Auditor, Office of Professional Accountability, to a term from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2016.
Presenters: Judge Anne Levinson, Office of Professional Accountability Auditor; Mayor’s Office; Michael Fong, C ouncil Central Staff

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