- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - A federal court has approved updates to the Seattle Police Department’s use of force policies to include a new de-escalation section and more specifics on when the use of force is appropriate.

Seatlepi.com reports ( https://bit.ly/1SKhybT ) the changes are part of the ongoing agency reform mandated by the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2012 Seattle officials agreed to an independent monitor and federal court oversight of the city’s police department as part of a deal following a report that found officers routinely used excessive force.

The U.S. District Court of Western Washington said Monday the most recent changes are revisions to the original reforms, made after feedback from officers, community members and analysis of data on police use of force.

Federal Monitor Merrick Bobb submitted the proposed changes in June.

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