Washington Coalition for Police Accountability Sign-on Letter in Support of SHB 1025Published: Monday, February 27, 2023 Download Document (81.45 KB) Read the document onlineRE: Voting Yes on SHB 1025 Dear Washington State House of Representatives Members: The undersigned organizations fully support SHB 1025, and urge you to vote yes and pass it off the floor of the House of Representatives. HB 1025 is necessary for Washingtonians to be able to use the protections and promises of the Washington State Constitution. Our state courts have said that in order for a person to bring a claim under the State Constitution, the legislature must first pass implementing legislation. HB 1025 is that legislation. What HB 1025 does is provide access to our state courts for police misconduct that violates the Washington State constitution or key state laws. Right now, these families and victims bear the burden of the wrongs that have occurred. After the recent horrific killing of Tyre Nichols in Tennessee, his family now bears the costs of hospital bills, funeral expenses, the continuing costs of trauma, and financial support for his child – it's unfair. Victims of police violence shouldn’t also face financial hardships when their rights are violated. This bill places responsibility where it belongs: on the entity causing the harm. Under this law victims have the opportunity to receive compensation for the harms suffered and for medical bills and other expenses they have incurred. We believe this accountability will improve relationships between communities and local governments. Legislators have stepped up to take the issue of police accountability seriously and yet there are local officials who have the daily responsibility for providing law enforcement services who have not done the same. There is a need for accountable partners, and until there is a mandate for accountability, we have no reason to believe behavior will change. SHB 1025 is key to this. Thank you for voting yes on SHB 1025. Sincerely, A. Philip Randolph Institute Seattle Chapter ACLU Washington ADL (Anti-Defamation League) Alliance for Gun Responsibility APIC Spokane (Asian Pacific Islander Coalition - Spokane) Asian Counseling and Referral Service BIPOC ED Coalition of Washington State CAIR WA (Council on American-Islamic Relations Washington Chapter) Campaign to End Qualified Immunity Campaign Zero Clark County Justice Group Columbia Legal Services Disability Rights Washington Everytown for Gun Safety Faith Action Network Food Lifeline Fuse Washington Galanda Broadman Greater Spokane Progress Hispanic Disability Support SWWA (Pasitos Gigantes) I Did The Time Indivisible Eastside Indivisible Kirkland Indivisible Vashon Indivisible WA 08 Jewish Coalition for Immigrant Justice NW Kent Black Action Commission La Resistencia Latino Advocacy Latino Civic Alliance League of Women Voters of Washington MAPS AMEN (Muslim Association of Puget Sound) Mi Centro Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America - Washington Chapter Mothers for Police Accountability NAMI Washington National Police Accountability Project Next Steps Washington NWIRP (Northwest Immigrant Rights Project) Olympia Indivisible OneAmerica Pacific Islander Community Association of Washington Partners for Social Change Peace Justice and Action League of Spokane People Power Washington Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates - Washington Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho Pro-Choice Washington P4 (Proactive Persistent People for Progress) Riveters Collective Justice System Committee Seattle Community Police Commission Seattle Indivisible Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness SEIU 775 SEIU 1199NW Showing up for Racial Justice Vashon Maury Criminal Justice Action Team Southwest Washington Equity Coalition Spokane Community Against Racism Strengthening Sanctuary Alliance The Black Collective The Washington Innocence Project Thurston Gun Sense Unidos of Snohomish County Urban Indians Northwest Vancouver for Peace Wallingford Indivisible Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Washington Coalition for Police Accountability Washington Community Alliance Washington Defender Association Washington for Black Lives Washington State Association for Justice Explore More: Criminal JusticePolicingRacial JusticeRelated Links: Take action for safety, equity and justice!