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Civilians might investigate Seattle cops. Will it backfire?

March 23, 2017
Author: 
David Kroman

Crosscut - For years, Lisa Daugaard thought civilians were the best people to investigate police misconduct. She would even show up to election forums and demand candidates support an all-civilian disciplinary board.

But after four years sitting on the Community Police Commission (CPC), the well-known public defender had a change of heart. “Many of us came to the CPC from a long background of active campaigning for an all- civilian review board where civilians would review officer misconduct,” Daugaard said.  “But the reason we didn’t recommend it is that model has not proven particularly effective as a model for change.”

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