Seattle crowd-control restraining order extended

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. Department of Justice attorneys and city officials in Seattle will extend a federal court order that prevented a city ordinance banning the police use of tear gas and less-lethal weapons from being implemented. The Seattle Times reported that a temporary restraining order was set to expire Sunday, but was extended through Sept. 18 while DOJ and city officials review the ordinance. Their decision could impact police reforms undertaken in a consent decree as a result of a DOJ investigation in 2011 and subsequent lawsuit and settlement after police officers were accused of routinely using excessive force. The judge has asked for briefing on the issue later this month.