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In the end, the mayor's see-you-in-court ploy worked, and the DOJ backed way down. Perhaps this was a political decision from the Obama administration? Recognition that the DOJ case would have dragged cops, investigators, top brass and many more through the mud of a yearlong lawsuit, making reform even more remote? Looking for a graceful exit? Fed up with the mayor's refusal to negotiate?
Anyhow, no breakthrough deal, tiny progress, One wonders, was there even "progress," or did the whole lost year just drive the contending parties farther into their corners? At any rate, in true Seattle style, the issue was not settled buy just smoothed over to emerge anew in a few more months. That would be the tussle over defining the citizens commission and its members, and the mayor-council debates over naming the court monitor.
As they say, Old issues never die in Seattle. We just relitigate them.
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