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Seattle Police Monitor Merrick Bobb On DOJ Reforms

Nov 6, 2012

Seattle Police patrol cars during the Occupy Seattle protests.
Credit Flickr Photo/ Eric Peacock (CC-BY-NC-ND)

We talk with Merrick Bobb, Seattle's new federally appointed independent police monitor. He began working in the field of police accountability 20 years ago, following the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles. In Seattle, he'll help implement an overhaul of the SPD’s use-of-force procedures and establish guidelines for citizen contacts and stops.

Also this hour: Much attention is paid in politics to people’s names — how they sound, the image they convey, how unusual some are. Think about it: Mitt, Barack, Saxby, Strom. How about yours? What message does it send? Does it fit you? Did you change your name? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write

Plus, which cocktails should you be drinking to help get you through election night? We talk to local mixmasters about the best concoctions to celebrate Election 2012. Then, Michael Fagin recommends a hike that's perfect for the week's weather.