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United States Attorney Jenny A. Durkan
Western District of Washington

Statement Of U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan On The Resignation Of Seattle Police Department Chief John Diaz

April 8, 2013

I have worked closely with Chief John Diaz for many years.  He has been a key partner in addressing gun violence, dismantling criminal organizations, and combatting terrorist threats.  He oversaw the first steps of the implementation of reforms within the Seattle Police Department.  I am grateful for his partnership and service, and wish him well.

This is a critical time for SPD and our community.  Jim Pugel has shown before that he can step up and lead.  To move us forward, he will need to help guide and implement the full range of reforms and set clear expectations and direction for every officer.  The next several months are very important for reform and public accountability.  SPD will be drafting and adopting new policies and developing new training around use of force, bias-free policing, and stops.  Getting reform right requires everyone moving in the same direction.  Chief Pugel's leadership will be essential.

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