Endorsement Form for Supporting Community Oversight - HB 1203 (v2)
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To make Black Lives Matter, our communities need the power to hold them accountable when they act as if they don’t. Last year, voices for police accountability grew into a collective outcry that couldn’t be ignored after the brutal killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Manuel Ellis, and so many others at hands of the police. But in too many cases those calls have run into laws that let police investigate themselves or ignore our complaints entirely.
In Tacoma, where Manuel Ellis lived, a Reuters Investigation found just 10% of complaints led to any disciplinary action. That has to change. We can build a Washington where no matter what we look like or where we live, we can walk our streets and feel safe. Where our officers don’t evade accountability but honor their oath to serve and protect by supporting community oversight.
Here's how HB1203 would bring power back to the people:
1. Establishing a statewide standard requiring independent, community oversight for any department with 10 or more officers
2. Allocating adequate funds to community oversight
3. Entrusting community oversight boards to select candidates for Police Chief when hiring
4. Requiring Police Chiefs to testify on recommendations made by the oversight board for disciplinary and policy actions
5. Empowering community oversight boards to investigate and resolve all complaints within 120 days
6. Enabling community oversight boards to subpoena documents and evidence for investigations
7. Ending conflict of interest oversight by banning current police officers or close relatives from serving on the boards
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