Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
City pays $880,000 for independent police monitor
Little expectation of neutrality
I would suggest that the $880,000 monitor fee [“Police monitoring to cost $880,000 in first year,” NWThursday, Nov. 29] could be better spent considering the new monitor Merrick Bobb's company was part of the group that told the Department of Justice that one out of four arrests by the Seattle Police Department involved excessive force. One can hardly expect him to be neutral.
Now he says his team plans to collect data and information at police precincts and see how it can be translated to address excessive force and biased policing on the street. He has already reached that decision, I would think, from the work of his nonprofit company.
—Harriet Benjamin, Seattle