Reporter's notebook: Tension around police reform


As a crucial court hearing approaches, city reporter David Kroman sat down to talk about the slow, difficult process to bring reform to the Seattle Police Department ("Frustrations rise around Seattle police reform," Aug. 10).

Kroman provides the backstory about the challenges and the mounting frustration of the players involved in this critical police reform effort.

Members of the Community Police Commission are eager for decisions reshaping policies on police reform to come from the City Council and Mayor Ed Murray, through city ordinance.

The federal judge overseeing reform, however, is dealing with a lawsuit settlement in which fulfilling the commitments of both parties — the city of Seattle and the U.S. Department of Justice — is the priority.

Today, the judge will hold a conference on the status of the settlement.


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Enrique Cerna

Enrique Cerna

Enrique Cerna is senior correspondent for Crosscut and KCTS 9. He joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. Since then, he has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs as well as local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, civil rights issues, the environment and Latinos in Washington State. Enrique has earned nine Northwest region Emmy awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.