2000s Seattle Corruption Timeline

2000s Seattle Corruption Timeline

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December 2nd, 1999: Eyewitness: The Battle of Seattle

December 7th, 1999: Seattle Police Chief Quits 

December 9th, 1999: Paul is Dead: Norm’s Resignation Ain’t Gonna Save Schell’s Butt


April 4th, 2000: SPD After Action Report: WTO 

November 6, 2001: Seattle voters elect Greg Nickels mayor

January 17, 2004: City to pay protesters $250,000 to settle WTO suit

October 28, 2004: Out-of-state donors feed Gov. Gregoire fund

February 11, 2005: Jenny Durkan, Gov. Gregoire’s staunch ally

February 1, 2008: Prominent Edwards supporter switches to Obama

June 24, 2008: When Gregoire won, so did her donors

December 19, 2008: Gregoire fined for campaign donation violations

May 15, 2009: President nominates Durkan as Seattle U.S. attorney

June 15, 2009: Are Jenny Durkan’s party ties an ethics issue?


November 19, 2010: U.S. attorney promises ‘close scrutiny’ of Seattle police incidents

December 3, 2010: Mayor, council leader welcome federal review of SPD tactics

June 25, 2012: Records show deep split between federal, city officials on SPD fixes; City, feds release key documents in SPD talks; Key dates in federal probe of SPD

July 19, 2012: Russian man held in cyberattacks on Amazon, other online retailers

July 27, 2012: Justice Department Announces Agreement with City of Seattle to Implement Reforms of Seattle Police Department

August 6, 2012: The police-DOJ pact: Way less than meets the eye

October 23, 2012: Gang, drug, firearms investigation leads to 33 arrests

November 28, 2012: Gregoire as interior secretary in Obama’s second term?

February 21, 2013: Exclusive: Seattle police monitor blasts city for ‘humiliating’ him

May 11, 2017: Jenny Durkan, former U.S. attorney, to run for Seattle mayor

September 12, 2017: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns after latest child sex-abuse allegation

September 13, 2017: City Council President Bruce Harrell becomes Seattle’s 54th mayor; Ed Murray steps down

October 26, 2017: Money in Politics Buys Influence

November 1, 2017: Cary Moon complaint accuses Jenny Durkan mayoral campaign of not reporting spokeswoman’s work

November 7th, 2017: 2017 Seattle mayoral election

April 12th, 2019: Durkan: Seattle isn’t afraid of immigrants, Mr. Trump

September 20, 2019: Lawyer for citizen panel on police reforms accused Seattle Mayor Durkan’s office of ‘potential interference,’ letter shows

September 21, 2019: Don’t connect the dots, Durkan’s office says after ally appears to undercut her police-reform plan


May 7th, 2020: City of Seattle Files Motion to Terminate Seattle Police Department Consent Decree Sustainment Plan with Judge Robart

May 11th, 2020: Following Countywide Face Covering Health Directive, Mayor Jenny Durkan Announces that Seattle Will Provide Over 45,000 Cloth Face Coverings to Most Vulnerable Seattle Residents

May 18th, 2020: Seattle council to consider restricting encampment removals, concerned about coronavirus spread

May 27th, 2020: OPINION: Mayor Durkan, if You Care about Public Health, Stop the Sweeps

June 3, 2020: As complaints pour in about police at Seattle protests, city will withdraw request that could lift federal oversight

June 8th, 2020: Moving trucks at the East Precinct as SPD announces it will reopen Capitol Hill streets — UPDATE

June 11th, 2020: Seattle Police Chief speaks out on CHAZ: ‘Leaving the precinct was not my decision’

July 18th, 2020: Durkan, Best say Seattle City Council’s ban on police ‘crowd-control weapons’ conflicts with consent decree