SAY THEIR NAMES
Current law is failing families across Washington. Since the enactment of I-940 over 100 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.
• Giovonn Joseph McDade was killed in Kent in a traffic stop in June 2017. He was
not committing a crime and was unarmed when he was killed. The vehicular
pursuit was unnecessary. He was 20 years old. An officer standing beside
Giovonn’s car shot him twice. • 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 drug use and co-occurring mental health issues,was a local musician and tattoo artist, and was a father and part of a loving family.
• Daniel Covarrubias was killed in Lakewood in April 2015, holding a cell phone when
he was killed and the officers took no effort to use de-escalation tactics. He was in
a mental health crisis. He was killed within seconds of officers arriving on the
scene. The shooting was deemed justified by the department.
• 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.
• 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 illustrates the failures of police investigating
police, and the disregard for Native Americans. Native Americans have the highest
rate of fatal encounters with police.
• Iosia Faletogo was shot by Seattle Police officers the afternoon of December 31,
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.”
• 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 was unarmed when he was shot. The deputy made no effort to de-escalate or
use less lethal force.
• Charleena Lyles weighed 100 pounds. She was 14 weeks pregnant with three of
her 4 children at home 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.
• Carlos Hunter was shot and killed in March 2019 while seat belted in his car,
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.
• Leonard Thomas was unarmed, holding his son, when a SWAT sniper shot him in
Fife Washington on the porch of his home in 2013. 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.
• 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 2
nd degree murder and lst degree assault charges
and the officer was arrested. Jesse was only 25 years old.
• 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.
• Renee Davis was killed in her own bed in October of 2016 by two King County
deputies. Those deputies were called for a welfare 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. 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
• 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
• 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
• 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.
• 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.