Seattle Patrol Officer Ron Willis famously made more than any other City of Seattle employee in 2019, over $414,000, for supposedly working over 4,000 hours in one year.
In 2014, Willis joined a group of 122 Seattle Police Officers, suing the DOJ over what they thought were unreasonable use of force restrictions. The group asserted that their constitutional rights were violated, citing the Second, Fourth,, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments. The plaintiffs also insisted that their knowledge of policing was superior to the Court’s and should be deferred to.
Of 123 officers who sued over use-of-force restrictions, 84 are still with the SPD. (2019)
The case was eventually thrown out, but a majority of those officers remain employed with the department.