On July 27, 2012, the Department of Justice concluded a years-long civil rights investigation of the Seattle Police Department. DOJ investigators announced that they had "found that SPD has engaged in a pattern or practice of excessive force that violates the Constitution and federal law". In order to rectify the situation, a settlement agreement was reached between the Courts, the Department of Justice and the Seattle Police Department. The agreement held that the Seattle PD would institute and follow rules and procedures stipulated by DOJ.
The Judge overseeing the case, James Robart, appointed an "Independent Monitor" to ensure that Seattle PD followed the new rules. That independent monitor was Merrick J. Bobb, the Executive Director of the Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC).
An investigation of the Seattle Police Department by the Puppycide Database Project has revealed that Bobb, the Police Assessment Resource Center, and employees and consultants of PARC have been billing the people of Seattle Washington at hourly rates from $125 to $250, adding up to monthly payments regularly exceeding a hundred thousand dollars.
In the 19 months from November 2012 to May 2014 the City of Seattle has paid the Police Assessment Resource Center, its employees and consultants a total of $1,393,991.24. PARC provides similar services for dozens of cities, including a number of police forces in Europe and South America.
One consultant, Ronald Ward, received a payment of $12,975.00 in the month of May 2014, for 52 hours of:
"[A]ttendance of meetings and conference with the parties and SPD; Monitoring Team meetings; community meetings; conference calls; miscellaneous calls and emails in connection with the foregoing."
Ward is a personal injury lawyer. Prior to pursuing PI, Ward was a Washington State assistant attorney general and the President of the Washington State Bar Association.
Another consultant, Julio Thompson, cleared $4,000.00 for the month of May 2013 for less than a week of work (32 hours) in which he provided the following services:
"[A]ttendance of meetings and conferences with the parties and SPD, ride-along; policy review; legal research and analysis"
In addition to the payments he receives from PARC, Thompson's "day-job" is in the Office of the Vermont Attorney General, where he is a Senior Assistant Attorney General. In 2015, his annual Salary from the State of Vermont was $90,064.