City asks federal judge to step into Seattle police labor dispute tied to reforms

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes has asked the federal judge overseeing court-ordered police reforms to step into a labor dispute with the Police Department’s management union, saying the conflict could have a “material effect” on the timing of proposed accountability measures.

In a request filed Tuesday evening, the city asked U.S. District Judge James Robart to hold a hearing to clarify the impact of an unfair-labor-practice complaint filed Oct. 20 by the Seattle Police Management Association (SPMA), which represents 74 captains and lieutenants.

If Robart agrees to hold a hearing, it would provide an opportunity for the judge to establish whether the court or collective bargaining will be the guiding force under a 2012 consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department requiring the Police Department to address excessive force and biased policing.

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