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Re: “A County Ombudsman?

The important thing to remember is the City OPO...does NOT have independent investigative authority by any stretch of the imagination based on the Guild contract negotiated by Frank Straub and David Condon. They may however have audit authority allowing them to audit various aspects of the SPD...we shall see.


It is important to also keep in mind that the "body camera legislation" is a law enforcement backed bill that will prohibit public disclosure of video in most cases and also has wiretap language which if passed would allow LEOs to intercept private communications with out being a party to the communication for the first time EVER in the State of Washington. The bill also does not contain the "no other available investigative method" clause currently in RCW 9.73.


I believe the "body camera legislation" is back in rules for a second reading...there is a good likelihood the bill will not pass which will mean that SPD and the SCSO will use the AG's opinion regarding the release of video which will allow nearly all of the video to be withheld from the public as they will need to follow the exceptions to the Public Records Act.

As the Sheriff, Straub, Condon, and Mielke know full well the Citizens Commission overseeing Seattle PD has recommended Seattle PD NOT go ahead with body cameras until proper legislation is passed...something that might be unlikely at this point.


As far as the SPD is concerned it is important to understand the contract negotiated by Frank Straub with the Police Guild gives the Guild complete control of body cameras and prohibits independent investigations by the OPO.

Posted by BRB on 03/26/2015 at 7:06 AM

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