Judge appoints new Seattle police monitor after resignation

SEATTLE (AP) — The federal judge overseeing reforms in the Seattle Police Department has appointed a new monitor to oversee those efforts. The Seattle Times reports Harvard professor Dr. Antonio Oftelie will replace Merrick Bobb of Police Assessment Resource Center in Los Angeles. Bobb served as the Seattle police monitor since 2013 and when contacted by the newspaper Tuesday, said he resigned. Bobb said it’s time for a change and that they got the Seattle Police Department to the point of achieving “full and effective compliance” with a 2012 consent decree negotiated with the U.S. Department of Justice. The consent decree followed an investigation that determined officers routinely used excessive force and demonstrated troubling evidence of biased policing.