Saturday, January 27, 2007

Complaints about SPD's Use of Force

Minorities filed nearly half of the 268 complaints about use of force by Seattle police in 2003-2005. The police department's investigators found excessive force in only about 10 percent of those cases, but now they are reviewing them to see if there are patterns that need to be addressed. One problem: in many of the cases where people complained of excessive force, the officer had not filed a report on the use of force. Police say no link in racial bias, use of force, Seattle Times, Jan. 27, 2007. In the 2000 census Seattle was 70.1% white. City of Seattle Demographics.

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