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Seattle Police admit violating public records laws

From  The Seattle Police Department acknowledged it broke public records laws when it withheld from The Seattle Times an internal memo about its response to riotous May Day demonstrations in 2012.

The department agreed to pay $20,000 to the newspaper and its attorneys to avoid a lawsuit over the issue, The Times reported Tuesday.

In a settlement signed by Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel, the department acknowledged it should have turned over the report or cited a valid exemption to the Washington state Public Records Act.