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Sad Day for Seattle

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This morning I viewed the video of a Seattle police officer using completely unacceptable and racist language as he detained and kicked what turned out to be an innocent person.  There is already an investigation underway and even though it is hard to imagine how else to interpret the video, we have due process in our society and I will respect that before making broad conclusions.  At the same time, there is no scenario where the racist language used by the Seattle police officer is ever acceptable.

I want to apologize to all people of Seattle, but especially people in the Latino community and all communities of color.  As an elected leader in Seattle, I clearly have much work to do to ensure that Seattle is a city where its entire population is treated fairly, regardless of the color of their skin.  I don’t know exactly what that work is, but I hope over the next days and weeks it will become clear what the first steps we need to take in order to start earning back the trust of all our community.

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Comment from Meinert
Time May 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Good post Mike. Be sure to keep the pressure on this investigation. This sort of thing happens regularly but without the cameras so it goes unpunished. You should also check into why Diaz didn’t take this guy off the street for 2 weeks after the incident, and only when it became public knowledge. Is a guy who covers stuff up like the guy we want to be chief?

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