Families of those shot by police speak out for I-940

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Supporters hope Initiative 940 will change Washington state policy so fatal police shootings happen less often and so there’s more accountability when they occur. Gathering on a few Seattle City Hall steps Friday, a crowd representing 33 different families impacted by police killings gathered in support of I-940 in the hopes of preventing future deaths.

The Puget Sound region witnessed a slew of police killings in the past year: Renee Davis Oct. 21, 2016, Jacqueline Salyers on Jan. 28, Daniel Covarrubias in April, Tommy Le June 13, Charleena Lyles June 18, Giovonn Joseph-McDade June 24. All of them were people of color. Salyers, Davis and Lyles were all pregnant when killed.

“What else did we think would come with this when the police are investigating themselves,” asked Katrina Johnson, Lyles’ cousin. “They keep killing people and getting away with it.”

Via CHS, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog

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“Don’t Shoot Anyone.” Another Video of UW Shooting Suspect Surfaces

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Yet another video has surfaced showing the suspects in the Jan. 20 Red Square shooting shortly before their violent confrontation with an anti-fascist protester outside a lecture given by Milo Yiannopoulos.

The video captures the same interaction as one previously covered by Seattle Weekly, but is in closer proximity to the two suspects, Marc Hokoana and Elizabeth Hokoana, fans of Yiannopoulos. The previous video Seattle Weekly covered had Marc exclaiming, “They have to start it!” This most recent YouTube video has him telling Elizabeth, “Don’t shoot anyone” (heard at 0:18).

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Conflicts between UW administration and students

In a podcast edited together and hosted by Alex Bruell at The Daily, I discuss various administrative and student conflict on UW campus that has accumulated after the Red Square shooting / Milo Yiannopoulos protest.

I talk with Alex from 1:36 to 14:19, but by all means feel free to listen to other reporters from other sections talk on the podcast as well!