Our Peace and Justice Action League community is united for a world with more justice and less violence. Will you raise your voice for a safer community and police accountability today?
Two weeks ago, 11 much-needed and hard-won police reform and police accountability policies went into effect in Washington state. We’re thankful to Rep. Riccelli, Rep. Ormsby, and Senator Billig for supporting these laws!
But, the Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office have responded unacceptably, stirring up public fear and uncertainty and saying they may no longer be fully responsive to certain emergencies– including 911 calls for domestic violence situations and mental health crises.
United with the Smart Justice Spokane coalition and Spokane Community Against Racism’s Platform for Change coalition:
- We call on the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office to implement fully and accurately the police reform measures passed in the legislature last session.
- We join calls from both law enforcement and other communities across Washington asking the Attorney General’s Office to move swiftly to publish the model guidance for these laws and to provide informal opinions to address questions being raised.
- We further request the Attorney General’s Office and the Criminal Justice Training Center to oversee the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office implementation of these laws as appropriate to their roles.
Will you make your voice heard as part of our community demand? Click the link below to send an email to the Attorney General, Criminal Justice Training Commission, Chief Meidl, Mayor Woodward, Sheriff Knezovich, Rep. Riccelli, Rep. Ormsby, and Senator Billig!
This is how we can push law enforcement to better serve our community and adhere to a higher standard of accountability.
To learn more about the laws, read and share our slide deck and watch SCAR, PJALS, and our Smart Justice Spokane partners’ press conference.