Seattle PD has been in the spotlight for the last few years for a series of negative incidents. The latest Chief, John Diaz was appointed in 2010. He has been with the department about 30 years. Shortly after he was promoted to chief, the department was rocked with a several high profile use of force complaints. The U.S. Department of Justice investigated and found a pattern and practice of excessive force within the department and appointed a federal monitor.
Chief Diaz seemed like a genuine man who was trying to improve matters, but despite his efforts it seems too many things went wrong. How much control he had over those incidents would be interesting to know.
Here is the article from the Seattle Times http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2013/04/seattle-police-chief-john-diaz-stepping-down/