The Department of Justice (DOJ) and US Attorney Jenny Durkan announced that the DOJ will open a formal pattern or practice investigation in Seattle. This means that DOJ investigators will begin a review of Seattle Police policies and practices, interview and observe officers and interview and engage community members with a goal of determining whether the SPD has engaged in a pattern or practice of excessive use of force or discriminatory policing.

If you or someone you know has a personal experience with excessive use of force or other misconduct by the Seattle Police OR if you have information about the Seattle Police Department you would like to share, please contact the U.S. Department of Justice:


Toll Free Phone: 855-203-4479