Puyallup Tribal Council member Tim Reynon was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to serve on a task force that will provide recommendations for legislation on independent investigations involving police use of force.
The governor’s task force, which was announced on June 22, is part of a coordinated effort with legislators to provide a comprehensive set of reforms. Task force members will provide insight and feedback, review I-940 structure and investigative protocol, other independent investigation models, and provide input that will help inform legislation for the upcoming legislative session.
“We’ve been working on these policing issues for a number of years now and it’s just an honor to work with so many good people to try and find solutions to issues we are facing not on only in our state but also nationally,” Reynon said. “It’s really important for us to come together with communities of color, underrepresented populations, communities and law enforcement to continue to explore ways to bring credibility to these types of investigations. I look forward to working with all the folks on the task force to continue to reimagine community policing.”
Reynon began working on police reform efforts at the state level during the Justice for Jackie movement, which was launched after the January 2016 death of Puyallup Tribal member Jacqueline Salyers.
“Her death impacted our community tremendously,” Reynon said. “We rallied around the family and worked hard to get Initiative 940 passed.”
The task force includes many community members and families who have lost loved ones.
“We must listen to the voices of impacted communities and families to hear their experiences with policing.” Inslee said. “This work will inform legislation and help chart a path towards addressing some of these systemic and extremely harmful practices and policies that have impacted communities of color for generations.”
The work of the task force will join with the efforts of the legislature. Other members of the task force:
• Emma Catague, Community Police Commission, and Filipino Community Center, Seattle
• Jordan Chaney, owner, Poet Jordan, Benton and Franklin Counties
• Livio De La Cruz, board member, Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County
• Chris Jordan, Fab-5, Tacoma
• Monisha Harrell, chair, Equal Rights Washington, Seattle
• Jay Hollingsworth, John T. Williams Organizing Committee, Seattle
• Sanetta Hunter, community advocate, Federal Way
• Katrina Johnson, Charleena Lyles’ cousin and family spokesperson; Families Are The Frontline, Seattle
• Reverend Walter J. Kendricks, Morning Star Baptist Church; commissioner, Washington State Commission on African American Affairs, Spokane
• Teri Rogers Kemp, attorney, Seattle
• Ben Krauss, PhD., principal, Adaptive Training Solutions, Spokane
• Darrell Lowe, chief, Redmond Police Department
• Nina Martinez, board chair, Latino Civic Alliance, King County
• Brian Moreno, commissioner, Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs, Pasco
• Kimberly Mosolf, Disability Rights Washington, Seattle
• Tyus Reed, Spanaway
• Eric Ritchey, Whatcom County Prosecuting Attorney
• Puao Savusa, City of Seattle Office of Police Accountability
• James Schrimpsher, chief, Algona Police Department; Vice President of Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
• Andre Taylor, founder/executive director, Not This Time, Seattle
• Teresa Taylor, executive director, Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs
• Spike Unruh, president, Washington State Patrol Troopers Association
• Waldo Waldron-Ramsey, NAACP, Seattle
The task force will have its first meeting in early July and will meet regularly into the fall.