Last week, Mayor Jenny Durkan’s legal representation filed a Motion for Reconsideration at the close of business on July 14th, 2020. In this Motion, Durkan’s council claims that she has no directive authority over the Seattle Police Department, thanks in part to the City Charter + the Consent Decree.
However, it was Durkan that issued an executive order on June 7th requiring SPD to turn on body cams during public demonstrations.
Today, July 21st, 2020, our campaign is filing both our own Cross-Motion for Reconsideration and a legal brief regarding Durkan’s Motion. The main argument in the brief we prepared for the courts is this-
“Jenny Durkan has demonstrated that she has directive authority over the Seattle Police Department, and selectively uses that power only when it suits her, rather than to protect the people of Seattle, those who she is sworn to serve.”
The Fire the Mayor Campaign now waits for word from the courts on how we will proceed. Our 180-day signature gathering window doesn’t begin until this is settled in the courts.
We continue to plan for all potential legal outcomes as well as continuing our logistical planning and volunteer-coordinating around the ground game that will be required to get this done.
We appreciate all of the community’s support that our campaign continues to gather. We remain dedicated to demanding accountability and look forward to working together to Fire the Mayor.