Initiative 940

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The De-Escalate Washington Campaign is a coalition of individuals and organizations who believe that police should use deadly force only when unavoidable. The Campaign believes that our laws should reflect our values and the initiative puts into law the duty to preserve and protect life.   The Coalition members believe that race and bias are a factor in policing and as a result people of color and marginalized people are disproportionately impacted by police violence.  Initiative 940 puts a high priority on de-escalation as a strategy to reduce these violent interactions, it requires training for mental health, and requires the rendering of first aid at the scene.  It also requires completely independent investigations, mandates inclusion of tribal governments when tribal members are injured or killed, and includes a diverse community in the development of policy. Lastly, because no one is above the law, the Initiative removes the immunity from prosecution for unjustified use of deadly force and replaces it with a good faith standard.     

The Campaign is organized with families and people of color at its center, which reflects a commitment to assuring that the impacted communities lead the campaign.  

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940 Leadership Team Members:

Leslie Cushman, Attorney and Citizen Sponsor, Stephanie Ervin, Civic Ventures, Loretta Gutierrez-Sacks, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists,  Monisha Harrell, Equal Rights Washington, Alison Holcomb, ACLU Washington, Chris Lampkin SEIU, 1199NW, Ali Lee, Be The Change Network, Fe Lopez, board president One America, Nina Martinez, chair Latino Civic Alliance, Xochitl Mayokovich, Washington CAN, Kim Mosolf, Disability Rights Washington, Tim Reynon, Puyallup Tribe Councilmember, James Rideout, Justice for Jackie, Larry Shannon, Washington, State Association of Justice, Andre Taylor, Not This Time, and Heather Villanueva, SEIU 775. Toshiko Hasegawa, Japanese American Citizens League, Rev. Harriet Walden, Mothers Demand Police Accountability, Cynthia Softli, President of the Black Law Enforcement Association of Washington, Carolos Bratcher, National Black Police Association Board Member, Dr. Karen Johnson, President of the Black Alliance of Thurston County, and Marilyn Covarrubias, Justice for Daniel, are Campaign Ambassadors.  



Petitions being delivered by the Aunts of Tommy Le who was killed on June 13, 2017 in Burien.  Picture taken 12/28/17 Olympia.


James Rideout delivering petitions.  James is a Puyallup Tribe Councilmember and uncle of Jackie Salyers, who was killed by Tacoma police on January 28, 2016. 

Picture taken 12/28/17 Olympia.


Andre' Taylor, whose brother Che Taylor was killed by Seattle Police in February 2016, and Crystal Chaplin, whose sons Andre and Bryson were shot by Olympia police on May 21, 2015.   Picture of them delivering petitions on 12/28/17  Olympia.


Fred Thomas delivering petitions.  Fred's son Leonard Thomas, was killed by a Pierce County Swat Team, in May 2013.  Picture taken 12/28/17 Olympia.

Lisa Earl delivering petitions to the Secretary of State.  Lisa is the mother of Jackie Salyers.

Picture taken 12/28/17 Olympia.

Joyce Dorsey delivering a box of petitions to the Secretary of State.  Joyce is the mother of Che Taylor.   

Picture taken 12/28/17 Olympia.

Tonya Isabell delivering petitions.  Tonya is the cousin of Charleena Lyles, who was killed by Seattle Police on June 18, 2017.  Picture taken 12/28/17 Olympia.


Marilyn Covarrubias delivering petitions.  Marilyn is the mother of Daniel Covarrubias, who was killed by Lakewood police April 21, 2015.  Picture taken 12/28/17 Olympia.


Family of Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin, who were shot by Olympia police on May 21, 2015.  This is the march to the Secretary of State's office to deliver petitions.  Picture taken 12/28/17 Olympia.