Seattle gets more time to deal with police reform deficits

(Information from: The Seattle Times,

SEATTLE (AP) — Attorneys for the city of Seattle have been granted a one-month delay to respond to a federal judge’s request for a plan to fix police accountability.

The Seattle Times reports attorneys asked for the delay Wednesday, saying city leaders need more time to develop a blueprint.

U.S. District Judge James Robart granted the request Thursday.

Robart had ordered the plan be submitted by July 15 after finding in May that the city had fallen partly out of compliance with federally mandated reforms. That was largely because of deficiencies in the city’s contract with the Seattle Police Officers Guild that allowed an outside arbitrator to reinstate an officer fired for punching a handcuffed woman.

Included were instructions to the city and federal attorneys to work with the court’s monitor and the Community Police Commission to show how the city proposes to achieve compliance.