Steve Miletich
Seattle Times
June 22, 2011

The Seattle City Attorney’s Office has asked a judge to overturn a labor arbitrator’s ruling that had ordered the Police Department to stop releasing the names of officers who have been disciplined for misconduct.

The petition, filed Tuesday in King County Superior Court, contends the arbitrator’s decision misinterprets the city’s collective-bargaining agreement with the police union, and requires the city to violate “explicit, well-defined, and dominant” policy under the state’s public-records law.

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Calling the decision an “absurd result,” the petition said the ruling required the city to “assert a public-records exemption that the City knows is unsupportable by law.”

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