Decriminalize UW Bothell
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As members of the University of Washington (Bothell) community, we call on Chancellor Wolf Yeigh and campus leadership to take immediate action to ensure the health and safety of people on campus, particularly Black people and other people of color, by protecting them from police violence by ending all ties with the Bothell Police Department.

The national Movement For Black Lives has given the UW community an invitation to uphold our values of justice, equity, and anti-racism, and to immediately divest from the Bothell Police Department (BPD) to protect our Black community members. We bear witness to the ongoing harms that police violence enacts against Black people in our community and around the nation. In the interests of public health and safety, we call on the University of Washington to divest from and cease any contracts with the Bothell Police Department.

Specifically, we call on UW to break all ties (both informal and formal in the form of contracts, agreements, and MOUs) with Bothell Police Department by taking the following steps:
Remove the armed police officer from UWB campus.
Stop using BPD to respond to public safety needs, including referrals for welfare checks under the Safe Campus program.
Stop using BPD for additional security for any campus events.
Do not allow BPD or other police departments to use our campus for “Exercise Training.”
Do not replace BPD presence with UWPD or any armed law enforcement agency.
Publicly commit to not hiring former police officers with disciplinary records to UWB Security.

We have seen—not just in the current moment—the dangers that armed police officers present, particularly to Black students, faculty, and staff. The presence of armed officers increases the chance of someone in our campus community being hurt or killed. These are longstanding concerns. In 2016, a UW-commissioned independent investigation found that UWPD has engaged in racial profiling and excessive force, and remarked upon a pattern of failure in de-escalating tense situations. We ask that you work with us to develop protocols for campus safety that do not rely on police and other vectors of state violence.

The issues we raise are not specific to UW Bothell. We support all related efforts at UW Seattle and UW Tacoma to protect our Black community members. College leaders across the nation, notably the University of Minnesota, have taken decisive action to divest from city police departments. We invite UW leadership to support our campus community by joining this national movement and being on the right side of history.

Signed,


Faculty & Staff
Dan Berger, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
S. Charusheela, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Ching-In Chen, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Charlie Collins, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Karam Dana, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Colin Danby, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Maryam Griffin, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Jed Murr, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Janelle Silva, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Camille Walsh, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Mira Shimabukuro, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Wadiya Udell, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Jody Early, School of Nursing and Health Studies
Ron Krabill, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Nora Kenworthy, School of Nursing and Health Studies
Jason Daniel-Ulloa, School of Nursing and Health Studies
Thea Quiray Tagle, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Kathryn Mitchell, assistant director of undergraduate learning initiatives
Denise Hattwig, Library
Danielle Rowland, Library

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