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ACLU calls for changes

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington is calling for an overhaul of the police accountability system to help restore public trust in Tacoma police following the David Brame double shooting.

"Disclosures of previously hidden incidents reveal that the Tacoma Police Department's internal investigations system has failed to provide effective oversight of the police," wrote state ACLU Executive Director Kathleen Taylor and Pierce County chapter chair Colleen Waterhouse in a letter sent this week to Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma.

"The present system does not assure that police misconduct complaints are promptly addressed or handled fairly," the letter states. "The inadequacy of the system means that citizens of Tacoma cannot even feel confident in providing the Department with vital information."

Stefano Esposito, The News Tribune