ACLU statement on recent violence against unhoused community

News Release: 
Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Jazmyn Clark, Smart Justice Policy Program Director at the ACLU of Washington, had the following statement:

“We are horrified by the recent disturbing acts of violence committed against some of our unhoused neighbors, particularly two separate murders of unhoused men in Seattle in February. Everyone in our community deserves to be and feel safe, especially the most vulnerable among us. Unhoused people are often targeted due to their vulnerability, but that vulnerability is further exacerbated by a public discourse that promotes fear of and suspicion against them, and policies that continue to criminalize their existence in public spaces. The ACLU of Washington is committed to protecting the rights of unhoused people, and we urge community leaders to condemn this violence and treat everyone in our community with the respect and dignity they deserve. We collectively must do better.”
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