At a little after 5:00 p.m. this evening, Mayor Mike McGinn released a statement acquiescing to the Seattle City Council's decision to hire Merrick Bobb, a man with 20 years of experience in police reform and use-of-force, as the man to monitor Seattle's journey to police reform. Here's the backstory, if you have no idea what the fuck I'm jabbering on about, and here's Mayor Mike McGinn's concessionary statement:
We know from the experience of other cities that reform efforts are successful when the police force buys in to the effort. Our office and others expressed concerns that Mr. Bobb would not be seen as an impartial monitor of our settlement agreement with the Department of Justice. We are disappointed that the Council did not listen to those concerns and that our reform efforts may prove more difficult as a result of their vote. We believe that their vote was a mistake, but respect that this is now the City’s position. Going forward, the mayor will roll up his sleeves and continue to work with all stakeholders to implement reform in our police force.