- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - The court-appointed monitor overseeing reforms at the Seattle Police Department says the agency’s system for reviewing uses of force by officers is working well.

Monitor Merrick Bobb says that in the great majority of cases he reviewed, the department’s Force Review Board appropriately evaluated the legal basis for the searches and arrests that took place as well as the reasonableness of the force used. Bobb says that’s a huge improvement, considering that before the Seattle Police agreed to reforms demanded by the Department of Justice, virtually no uses of force received any serious scrutiny from the chain of command.

The monitor found that in nearly 13 percent of cases, the Force Review Board determined an officer may have violated department policy on using force and referred the matter to the civilian-led Office of Professional Accountability for further review.

Bobb’s report was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court. It is the fifth of 15 reports his team is doing analyzing changes the department has made in response to a DOJ investigation that found officers were too quick to use force.

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