SEATTLE — The Seattle Police Department is admitting it broke the state Public Records Act by withholding from The Seattle Times an internal memo about its response to the 2012 May Day demonstrations.
The Times reported that the police department has agreed to pay $20,000 to the newspaper and its attorneys to avoid a lawsuit over the issue.
In a settlement agreement signed by Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel, the police department acknowledges it should have turned over the report or cited a valid exemption to the public records act.
The Times filed a public-disclosure request for the memo in July. The internal report on the police department’s May Day response had led to an external review.