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Governor Inslee announces task force members to address issues of policing and racial justice

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- Olympia, WA

Gov. Jay Inslee, announced today members of a task force to provide recommendations for legislation on independent investigations involving police use of force.

The governor’s task force is a part of a coordinated effort with legislators to provide a comprehensive set of reforms. Task force members will provide insight and feedback, review I-940 structure and investigative protocol, other independent investigation models, and provide input that will help inform legislation for the upcoming legislative session.

The task force includes many community members and families who have lost loved ones.  “We must listen to the voices of impacted communities and families to hear their experiences with policing.” Inslee said. “This work will inform legislation and help chart a path towards addressing some of these systemic and extremely harmful practices and policies that have impacted communities of color for generations.”

The work of the task force will join with the efforts of the legislature. 

Task force members include:

  • Emma Catague, Community Police Commission, and Filipino Community Center, Seattle

  • Jordan Chaney, owner, Poet Jordan, Benton and Franklin Counties

  • Livio De La Cruz, board member, Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County

  • Chris Jordan, Fab-5, Tacoma

  • Monisha Harrell, chair, Equal Rights Washington, Seattle 

  • Jay Hollingsworth, John T. Williams Organizing Committee, Seattle

  • Sanetta Hunter, community advocate, Federal Way

  • Katrina Johnson, Charleena Lyles’ cousin and family spokesperson; Families Are The Frontline, Seattle

  • Reverend Walter J. Kendricks, Morning Star Baptist Church; commissioner, Washington State Commission on African American Affairs, Spokane

  • Teri Rogers Kemp, attorney, Seattle