Transforming Police Culture

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
High-profile incidents of police violence on the national stage and here in Washington have amplified calls for transforming police culture and increasing accountability. Washington state legislators are considering several ideas like requiring de-escalation, prohibiting certain deadly tactics, establishing independent investigations of deadly force incidents, strengthening decertification procedures, and removing police accountability from collective bargaining. Join us for a conversation exploring how these various proposals are intended to change police departments and repair broken trust between community and their elected representatives.

This series of virtual conversations moderated by Enrique Cerna will explore the racial disparities and inequities in Washington’s public health and policing systems highlighted by COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement. State lawmakers are beginning to convene to prepare for the 2021 state legislative session when these issues, and the budget, will be top priorities. Join us to learn how to put equity front and center in the Olympia debates.

• Enrique Cerna, Broadcast Journalist
• Paige Fernandez, National ACLU Policing Policy Advisor
• Anne Levinson, Seattle police accountability auditor 2010 to 2016, subject matter expert for the Seattle Community Police Commission 2017-2020, and co-author of Seattle's 2017 police accountability law
• Sue Rahr, Executive Director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, developer of the LEAD model of procedural justice, member of the Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and member of the ABLE Project Instructional Design Team
• Tim Reynon, former Puyallup Tribal Councilmember (2014-2020), Co-Chair of De-Escalate Washington (I-940 campaign), member of the Washington State Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing (2016) and Governor’s Task Force on Independent Investigations of Police Use of Force (2020)