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Will in Seattle 1
Whenever I choose a monitor, I like to get one who knows absolutely nothing about the stuff s/he is monitoring.

Keeps them objective, you know.

Reminds me of Cyprus. Two sides fighting over stuff that didn't matter in the long run, unable to wake up and smell the free Turkish Coffee at this weekend's Seattle Center Turkish festival.
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 19, 2012 at 4:01 PM · Report this
This is nothing more than campaign rhetoric. The ACLU, Pete Holmes and others have settled on Merrick Bobb as their preferred guy and are launching a PR salvo to try and get him in. I don't know where their claims that McGinn is trying to stop reforms are coming from - he did sign the agreement with DOJ and it's not like he wants a weak monitor.

I've seen police reform under a consent decree in other city and McGinn is actually right that a monitor has to have everyone's support. I know people want to treat the Seattle cops like bad little boys who need a spanking. I don't like them either, but the last thing we want is to give the cops and their union some reason to undermine the monitor as soon as he comes in.
Posted by motown philly on October 19, 2012 at 4:04 PM · Report this
NaFun 3
@2 - back again?
Posted by NaFun on October 19, 2012 at 4:14 PM · Report this
no marketable skills 5
@3. Brilliant.
Posted by no marketable skills on October 19, 2012 at 4:35 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 6
@2 I'm curious if the police reform you witnessed in another city came w/ a major DOJ investigation & lawsuit, where the mayor was forced by the fed to reform or else?

Just don't want any apples to oranges comparison here.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on October 19, 2012 at 4:37 PM · Report this
biffp 7
@1, I love how you got to the plug. That coffee sounds great, appreciate the heads up.
Posted by biffp on October 19, 2012 at 4:38 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 8
What acceptance is mutually needed if reforms are court ordered?
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on October 19, 2012 at 4:39 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 9
@8 - Yeah, the PR division of the SPD seem to have made it clear they aren't interested in reform. If they wanted to help the process, they had all the opportunity in the world, but they dug their heels in. I see no reason to believe they'll cooperate with any substantial interference with the deal they've got going.
Posted by MacCrocodile on October 19, 2012 at 5:12 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 10
I'm looking forward to The Stranger's endorsement of McGinn in 2013
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on October 19, 2012 at 9:48 PM · Report this

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