SAY THEIR NAMES: Current law is failing families across Washington. Since the enactment of I-940 over 120 people have been killed by law enforcement in Washington. Nationally, police kill an average of three people a day. WCPA priorities make foundational changes to the policing system in this state.
• Leonard Thomas was unarmed, holding his son when a SWAT sniper shot him in Fife Washington on the porch of his home in 2013. It was a well-person check, three of the officers involved in killing Leonard were found civilly liable in federal court and a jury found that their egregious actions were directly responsible for Leonard’s unnecessary death. All three of these officers have been promoted and still have their badges and jobs.
• Daniel Covarrubias was killed in Lakewood in April 2015, police was called for help, He was in a mental health crisis. He was killed within seconds of officers arriving on the scene. He was holding a cell phone when he was killed and the officers took no effort to use de-escalation tactics. The shooting was deemed justified by the department.
• Che Taylor was given conflicting demands by Seattle Police, and he had his hands up when they shot him and left him to bleed to death. He was unarmed, Che was killed in February 2016, and his brother and sister founded Not This Time to advocate for other families facing the difficulties of navigating the system after a police-involved shooting.
• Jackie Salyers was killed by Tacoma Police Department, the officers shooting at the vehicle she was allegedly driving towards them, claiming their lives were in danger. This death and cover-up in early 2016 illustrate the failures of police investigating police and the disregard for Native Americans. Native Americans have the highest rate of fatal encounters with police.
• Renee Davis was killed in her own bed in October of 2016 by two King County deputies. Those deputies were called for a well-person check and were there to make sure she was safe during a mental health crisis, yet they killed her in the presence of her children and she was pregnant. The officers had their guns out before approaching her door, did not de-escalate, take time, or secure the safety of anyone involved before they kicked her bedroom door open and killed her. The officers’ actions were found
• Joel Nelson’s death in 2016 should not have occurred. Joel was unarmed and police de-escalation should have been used in his incident. The Thurston County Sheriff needs to learn from Joel’s case and implement a transparent process for investigations. Five years later conflicts of interest proving family relationships involved in the Sheriff’s office are still a major role in investigations.
• Charleena Lyles weighed 100 pounds. She was 14 weeks pregnant with three of her 4 children at home. She called the police for help when she was killed by Seattle police. Police allege she was holding a paring knife. They had recently been to her apartment and were aware she struggled with behavioral health issues.
• Giovonn Joseph-McDade was killed in Kent after a traffic stop in June 2017. He was a 20 yr old student, he was not committing a crime and was unarmed when he was killed. He complied with the stop and later fled, The vehicular pursuit was unnecessary the officers escalated the situation. One officer used 3 pits manauvers on the vehicle, the officer shooting 2 rounds at a moving vehicle, claims the vehicle was driving towards him, claiming his life was in danger. Forensics proves otherwise.
• Matthew Folden was killed in Wenatchee in a grocery store parking lot in July 2017 Matt was agitated and is alleged to have threatened people with a pocket knife. He was killed within 13 seconds of the police arriving on the scene. Matt was 31 years old, had a history of substance abuse use and co-occurring mental health issues, was a local musician and tattoo artist, and was a father and part of a loving family.
• Billy Langfitt was 28 years old when he was killed by a Pierce County Sheriff Deputy near Graham Washington, in 2018. Billy was experiencing a mental health crisis and his girlfriend called the police for help was unarmed when he was shot. The deputy made no effort to de-escalate or use less-lethal force.
• 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.”
• Carlos Hunter was shot and killed in March 2019 while seat belted in his car he was tased several times and shoot several times, dragged to the ground, handcuffed. He was left to bleed to death. The police use WCPA Priorities: HB 1054, HB 1202, HB 1267, HB 1310, and SB 5051. The traffic stop to serve a warrant, and the police found no evidence of a crime in their search of his home or car. Carlos was the third Vancouver, Washington resident killed in a three-week stretch.
• Jesse Sarey was killed in Auburn on May 31, 2019, by Officer Jeff Nelson, who had multiple complaints of excessive force. Jesse was the third person he killed. The King County prosecutor has filed 2nd-degree murder and lst degree assault charges and the officer was arrested. Jesse was only 25 years old.
• Bennie Branch was checking on his mother who was living in her vehicle at the time when Bennie was shot and killed by Tacoma Police Department. This shooting in September 2019 has so many facts in dispute, it needs an independent investigation, and a jury to weigh these facts. Bennie was unarmed and running away from police.
• Stonechild Chiefstick was killed in a crowd gathered for a fireworks celebration on July 3, 2019, in Poulsbo Washington. The officer who killed him made no effort at all to de-escalate and instead rushed him and killed him. He was alleged to have had a screwdriver. Stonechild Chiefstick’s death was unnecessary.
• Shaun Fuhr was holding his child and running away from police when he was killed in Seattle in April 2020. It appears that deadly force was not necessary and it was used in a reckless and indifferent manner. There were other alternatives that day that would have kept Shaun alive.
• Kevin Peterson Jr. was shot in the back in October 2020, while running away from Clark County Deputies. Kevin was 21 years old. He did not fire a single shot, yet police claimed he fired first, and immediately posted this misinformation on their website. Officers included these lies in their report. Kevin’s life mattered, and the truth matters.