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Originally published June 19, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified June 19, 2007 at 2:02 AM

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Excerpts from the Office of Professional Accountability Review Board report

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• "Unless and until current SPD leadership addresses the very real problems revealed by this investigation, recurring misconduct is likely, leading to a decline of public confidence in the Department."

• "In the hundreds of cases reviewed by this Board, this much is clear: No complaint against any Seattle police officer has ever been sustained on the basis of such unreliable testimony."

• The case was largely investigated while the top civilian job in internal investigations was vacant. This "underscores the need for an independent, tough-minded Civilian Director who will insist that the line between investigating citizen complaints and imposing discipline is respected by the Chief."

• "Finally, in order to undo the damage done to police accountability and civilian oversight, the Chief should publicly reassert his commitment to both, insisting upon strict compliance by all SPD personnel throughout the chain of command, and then lead by example."

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