Task force will tackle issues of racial justice, police reform

Inslee names civil rights activists, pastors, and cops to panel that may forge ideas for new laws

Courtesy image

Courtesy image

Staff report

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday named a 24-member task force to examine issues of policing and racial justice, and try to forge recommendations for legislation on independent investigations involving police use of force.

Black Lives Matter, NAACP, Latino Civic Alliance, Equal Rights Washington and Disability Rights Washington are among the organizations represented. The panel also includes a relative of Charleena Lyles, a pregnant mother shot and killed in her home by Seattle police in 2017, and a member of the John T. Williams Organizing Committee, named for the Native American woodcarver who was walking across the street carrying his carving knife and a small piece of wood when he was shot and killed by a Seattle police officer in 2010.

A county prosecuting attorney, and representatives of state troopers, sheriffs, police officers and the City of Seattle Office of Police Accountability are participating. A complete list of members can be found online at www.governor.wa.gov.

Task force members will review the investigative protocols under I-940, the voter-approved measure aimed at curbing the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers. The panel will consider other independent investigation models, and provide input to help inform legislation for the 2021 session, according to a press release. Inslee announced formation of the task force earlier this month. The panel will hold its first meeting in July.




In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@valleyrecord.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.valleyrecord.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

King County 2020 unemployment numbers. Source: Washington State Employment Security Department
Boeing, coronavirus likely to impact King County economy

Unemployment remained high in September.

File photo
A 212-unit development is slated for the Dahlgren property, more commonly known as the “mule pasture.”
North Bend’s water war heats up as construction is set to begin

Who gets to supply water to a 212-unit housing complex is at the heart of the skirmish.

Homeless man lying on the bench. File photo
Cities opting out of county homelessness tax took $17 million with them

It leaves the county with roughly $50 million a year to bond against.

In this February 2020 photo, flood waters inundate Carnation and close Tolt Hill Road. File photo
Flood projects in the valley

Highlights from the list of improvements.

Some cool deer near Preston on Oct. 6. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
News around the Valley: Ballots, oil, weather, water

Voters in the Snoqualmie Valley should have received their ballots for the election.

Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
A construction crew works on the site of the new Snoqualmie Valley Athletic Center in North Bend on Oct. 6. Construction began in September on the multi-field sports complex. It is expected to be completed in May 2021, and provide space for four Little League baseball fields, or two soccer, football or lacrosse fields. The baseball fields will be able to accommodate high school, junior league and softball teams. In other athletics news, the Sno-King Snoqualmie ice hockey rink is also hosting grand opening on Oct. 18.
News around the valley: Athletic center construction, Highway 18 death, candidate forum

Wildfire smoke kills hundreds of WA residents A recent report by the… Continue reading

File photo
State Supreme Court strikes down $30 car-tab initiative

Justices unanimously agreed that voter-approved Initiative 976 is unconstitutional.

(Stock photo)
Rent, utilities moratorium extended

They were extended through Dec. 31.

Andy Hobbs / staff photo
Valley merchants and the cities of North Bend, Snoqualmie and Fall City are co-hosting a Quarantine-O-Ween for Halloween festivities this year. Pictured left to right: Earl Bell, Board President, SnoValley Chamber of Commerce; Rachelle Armstrong, owner of The Bindlestick coffee shop in downtown Snoqualmie; and Kelly Coughlin, director of the SnoValley Chamber.
Halloween trek comes to the valley

Local businesses and cities will be holding a scavenger hunt and candy pick up on Halloween.

Most Read