After Tommy Le shooting, King County sheriff introduces new, less lethal weapons and policies

It’s been almost a year since Tommy Le was fatally shot by two members of the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), and the KCSO falsely told the media and Le’s family that he held a knife during the confrontation. It’s been not much more than 100 days since the KCSO had a change in staff.Continue reading “After Tommy Le shooting, King County sheriff introduces new, less lethal weapons and policies”

King County Ensures Legal Representation During Inquest Process

The King County Council unanimously passed a proposal Monday ensuring public defenders are made available to the families of people killed in officer-involved shootings during the inquest process. via South Seattle Emerald

Move to Provide Families of Police Violence Victims with Lawyers Passes Committee

Last year, on June 24, a 20-year-old named Giovann Joseph-McDade was shot to death by Kent police. The inquest hearing investigating the circumstances of his death by law enforcement was held in December. His mother, Sonia Joseph, was not prepared emotionally or financially for what befell her. Via South Seattle Emerald

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

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 SoundContinue reading “Families of those shot by police speak out for I-940”

Community feels left in the dark about Donnie Chin murder investigation

      Donnie Chin was perhaps one of the International District’s most beloved community members. He was a watchdog, a friend, and a family man. Since his death on July 23, 2015, when 59-year-old Chin was caught in the crossfire of what police say was gang violence, the Chinatown International District community and many othersContinue reading “Community feels left in the dark about Donnie Chin murder investigation”

Justice4TommyLe hears answers, commitments from officials at community-led forum

Tommy Le was a 20-year-old high schooler shot and killed by King County deputies on June 13 after responding to a disturbance call in Burien. Le was to graduate the next day. Le recently bought a tuxedo for his brother’s wedding, but it had to instead be used for his funeral. The family, due to legalContinue reading “Justice4TommyLe hears answers, commitments from officials at community-led forum”

Women of color recognized at Charleena Lyles public healing

After the death of Charleena Lyles, a black pregnant mother shot and killed by two Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant requested a public hearing at the UW’s Kane Hall between the Lyles family and SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole. The chief, however, declined to participate. O’Toole’s response stated Sawant’s request via email had “a disappointing levelContinue reading “Women of color recognized at Charleena Lyles public healing”

Contextualizing the death of Charleena Lyles: National and local patterns where people of color die disproportionately at the hands of police

Seattle’s jagged mountains were shaded blue the morning Charleena Lyles was fatally shot by Steven McNew and Jason Anderson of the Seattle Police Department (SPD), matching that of the community’s reaction to such police violence: tragic and somewhat jaded, topped with anger as sharp as the rocky skyline. Lyles’ death tacks on yet another nameContinue reading “Contextualizing the death of Charleena Lyles: National and local patterns where people of color die disproportionately at the hands of police”