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May 16, 2019

Federal judge says Seattle must change police appeal process

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has found that a portion of Seattle's contract with its biggest police union threatens to undermine public confidence in a seven-year-old reform agreement between the city and the Department of Justice.

U.S. District Judge Robart said Wednesday the city must fix deficiencies in the closed-door appeal process for officers who have been fired or disciplined before it can be released from federal oversight.

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