Seattle, DOJ reach tentative agreement on police reformson July 26, 2012 @ 10:02 am (Updated: 6:18 pm - 7/26/12 )
Federal officials set a July 31 deadline for an agreement, The Times reported. Lawyers for the DOJ threatened to file a civil rights lawsuit against the city if a deal was not reached.
Both sides are still at the table hammering out details about who will oversee the plan and what exactly a court- monitored consent decree will include, The Times reports.
Reached by phone Thursday, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Bates told 97.3 KIRO-FM he could not comment on the report. He said the city and DOJ officials continue to engage in discussion over reforms.
Mayor Mike McGinn continues pushing the city's proposed "20/20" plan, which calls for 20 reforms over 20 months. Federal officials have characterized it as a "framework" but say it lacks real substance.
A joint statement released by the mayor's office Thursday stated: "The City and the Department of Justice are engaged in extensive and detailed discussions. Those discussions are ongoing."
This is a developing story.
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