Seattle Police Department (Washington)


In March 2011, the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice (the Division) opened an investigation into the Seattle Police Department (SPD) in Washington. In December 2011, the Division identified a pattern or practice of excessive force and raised concerns about racially discriminatory policing. In September 2012, the parties entered into a court-enforced consent decree, which remains in effect.

Fast Facts

Case Status: Ongoing
City and State: Seattle, Washington
Year Initiated: 2011
Year Closed: Ongoing

Case Documents

Document Title PDF Link
Findings Letter 2011 PDF
Settlement Agreement 2012 PDF