Projecting Justice: Iosia Faletogo and Samuel Toshiro Smith

May 25 marks the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, a watershed moment that has re-energized an ongoing nationwide movement and sparked an urgent conversation about the role of policing in our state. In Washington, about 40-50 members of our communities, disproportionately Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian American Pacific Islander, are killed each year by police officers. That must change. With Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, we projected names each night, beginning with George Floyd on May 25, 2021.

Iosia Faletogo was shot by Seattle Police officers the afternoon of December 31, 2018.  He was pulled over for a traffic stop and fled the scene on foot.  Six officers chased him, tackled him, and held him down.  He had a gun on his person, and complied with commands to drop it and not reach for it. One officer shot him point blank in the head, although the officers heard Iosia say “not reaching."

Learn about Samuel Toshiro Smith.