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NAACP Snohomish County Branch – Media Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 19, 2017

Contact: Janice R. Greene, PhD; President NAACP Snohomish County Branch 425-259-1930

Family’s response to the February 14th Arlington Police Shooting of a Teenage Girl

Date:               March 25, 2017

Time:               11:00 am-12:30 pm

Location:         Everett Performing Arts Center, Anderson Room, 2710 Wetmore Ave.  Everett, WA  98201

Ayana, the sister of the 17-year-old African-American girl who was shot four times, critically wounded, and traumatized in an Arlington police involved shooting, will provide the family’s perspective on the shooting.  The traumatic impact not only affects the victim, the turmoil affects the entire family and extends into the larger community. For additional information about the family’s ordeal visit this website http://www.breakthroughthebullets.com/. The Snohomish County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP-SCB) acknowledges the creation of the Snohomish County Multi-Agency Response Team (SMART) as a crucial foundational step toward increasing the objectivity of officer involved shooting investigations. While recognizing this improvement, it is the NAACP-SCB’s contention that when law enforcement investigates cases involving the conduct of police officers, even with the highest level of professionalism, it is inherently difficult to maintain objectivity.  It is our position that this case warrants an additional independent review. The results of the SMART investigation have been forwarded to the Snohomish County Prosecutor for review but are not yet available to the public.  The NAACP-SCB finds it disappointing that the two officers involved in the shooting were returned to work on Monday March 13th without a public statement. The Snohomish County Branch of the NAACP calls for law enforcement transparency and accountability with the establishment of the following:

–  Local Snohomish County independent civilian commission that acts as a community resource and receives and investigate complaints from the residents

–  Civilian oversight and review of investigative process in officer involved shootings and claims of use of excess force.

Additionally, the NAACP-SCB is disappointed that neither HB 1529 nor SB 5073 made it through the legislative process.  Currently, law enforcement officers who use deadly force can only be charged if it can be proved that they acted “with malice and without a good faith belief.”   This makes it highly improbable that officers who use excessive force will be charged. We urge the Washington State Legislature to pass legislation that provides reasonable objective standards to ensure police accountability.

Founded Feb. 12, 1909 The National Association for the Advancement of Colored (NAACP) is the oldest, largest and most recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization in the world. www.naacp-snoco.org

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In partnership with the King County Bar Association, we staff and operate an LMBA Neighborhood Legal Clinic in Renton. This effort is an outgrowth of our joint meeting with the NAACP and Urban League in 2015 and other voices that have asked LMBA to provide our community with representation from attorneys of color.
The clinic is open every Tuesday night, from 6:30-8:30pm
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The clinic’s location has MOVED to: Downtown Renton Public Library 100 Mill Ave. South Renton, WA 98057

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