The DOJ determined that Seattle police engaged in a pattern or practice of excessively using force, especially in low-level situations that might have been resolved verbally. In a settlement, the city agreed to create a community policing commission to help support reforms and promote community confidence in the police department.
The chairs of the commission are Lisa Daugarrd, the deputy director of The Defender Association, a public-defense agency in King County, and Diane Narasaki, executive director of the Asian Counseling & Referral Service.
Other members include Seattle Police Capt. Joseph Kessler, state ACLU deputy director Jennifer Shaw, and the Rev. Aaron Williams, senior pastor at Mount Zion Baptist Church.