Boise ombudsman sworn in as Seattle's cop watchdog

Boise - The Idaho StatesmanJune 24, 2013 

Accompanied by his son, Pierce Murphy swore to faithfully carry out his new duties and uphold the United States Constitution at about 4:20 p.m.

Murphy was introduced by Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell, also a candidate for Mayor, who helped interview Boise's ombudsman during the hiring process.

"We just had overwhelmingly positive praise on this person’s past and his commitment to the people of Seattle," Harrell said. "While he may report to the chief of the police, he works for the people of Seattle and he made that very clear."

Murphy's job in Seattle will be similar to his ombudsman role here. He will be responsible for investigating public complaints against Seattle Police Department officers. Like his arrival in Boise, Murphy encounters a department - the largest law enforcement agency in Washington - whose image is badly tarnished. The department has entered a settlement agreement with The U.S. Department of Justice that requires an overhaul of supervision, training and reporting of uses of force. 

Murphy recently said he anticipates leaving Boise in mid-July. 

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