Report Law Enforcement Officers that Don’t Wear Masks

Source

Justice System Committee (JSC)

Description

If you see a mask-less officer outdoors within six feet of another individual or yourself, or a mask-less law enforcement officer indoors:

  1. Tell the officer to wear a mask over their mouth and nose, if you do not feel endangered in doing so.
  2. Fill out a complaint form with the appropriate department as soon as possible.
  3. Tweet current photos meeting the criteria above using tags, such as: @BellinghamPD or @whatcomsheriff, and @RivetersWA. Add hashtags, such as: #PublicSafety #MaskMandate #CommittedtoCommunity #BPDPolicy

Background

On June 23, 2020, Governor Inslee announced a statewide mask mandate when in public spaces. As early as July 28, Sandy Robson, a Birch Bay resident, began asking Chief Doll about Bellingham Police Department’s mask-wearing policies. The JSC reported to Chief Doll on October 12 that his police officers had not worn masks during much of the summer when within six feet of community members who are unsheltered. During an October 26 City of Bellingham meeting, the JSC called on Chief Doll to direct his officers to wear masks.

Not until November 24, the same day Whatcom County Health Director reported COVID cases appearing amongst Bellingham community members who are homeless, did Chief Doll finally issue a directive requiring all police staff to wear masks.

Chief Doll and other law enforcement agencies have not even taken minimum steps to keep even the most vulnerable residents in our community safe. We need to tell them our health and safety matters.

Links to complaint forms and suggested information to include in a complaint.

Bellingham Police

Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office

Ferndale Police Department

Blaine Police Department

Lynden Police Department

When reporting, we suggest including the following information:

  • Officer’s name, if known
  • Date, time, and location of incident
  • How you came in contact with the officer
  • Photos of the officer not wearing mask, if possible
  • Describe how you (or the exposed individual) felt in the situation

Additional info

Tell Bellingham Elected Officials: Police Accountability is Non-Negotiable!

Let Mayor Fleetwood and City Council know we can no longer afford police union contracts negotiated in the dark that block fairness, accountability, and justice. 

Source:
Justice System Committee

Description:
Bellingham officials will start renegotiating the 2022 police union contracts in early 2021. Complete these actions to effect change: 

  1. Contact the Mayor and City Council using the suggested script below to call on them to remove current police contract provisions that block accountability.
  2. Sign-on to this letter calling on the Mayor and City Council to take action. 

Background:
Cities across the country have identified the central role police union contracts play in obstructing racial justice and police accountability. Stipulations in contracts regarding misconduct can skew the process in officers’ favor, thwart justice for victims, and tie a city’s hands in firing officers who have betrayed the public’s trust. 

Bellingham’s police union contracts have these exact problems. The current contract language will expire December 31, 2021. We have an opportunity to demand the Mayor (who negotiates the contracts) and the City Council (who approves the contracts) enact some long overdue reforms.

Contact info:
Seth Fleetwood (Mayor) – (360) 778-8100 / mayorsoffice@cob.org  
Hannah Stone (1st Ward) – (360) 778-8211 / hestone@cob.org
Gene Knutson (2nd Ward)  – (360) 733-1640 / gknutson@cob.org 
Daniel Hammill (3rd Ward) l – (360) 778-8213 / dchammill@cob.org 
Pinky Vargas (4th Ward)  – (360) 778-8210 / ptmvargas@cob.org 
Lisa Anderson (5th Ward) – (360) 778-8217 / laanderson@cob.org 
Michael Lilliquist (6th Ward) – (360) 778-8212 / mlilliquist@cob.org​ 
Hollie Huthman (At-Large) – (360) 778-8216 / hahuthman@cob.org 

Suggested script:
Dear Mayor Fleetwood and City Council Members,

When the City of Bellingham renegotiates the 2022 collective bargaining agreements (CBA) with the Bellingham Police Guild and Fraternal Order of Police, you have a rare opportunity to take meaningful action to improve police accountability in our community. That’s why I’m calling on you to ensure that the new collective bargaining agreements include critical provisions for better police accountability in Bellingham. In the new collective bargaining agreement, I urge you to negotiate contract that

[Choose at least 2 of the following]

  • Eliminate any provisions removing written reprimands (including their descriptions) or other evidence of misconduct from personnel files.
  • Remove any language delaying a written statement or interrogations when law enforcement employees are investigated.
  • End the process of providing copies of investigation-related documents (including transcripts of the interview) to those that are under investigation.
  • Ensure elected officials or boards accountable to the public have the final say in arbitration (i.e. make arbitration decisions nonbinding).

Negotiating for these changes in the CBA will demonstrate to the people of Bellingham that your administration takes police accountability and public safety seriously. This is a critical moment in our history, and I’m counting on you to fight for justice and accountability at the negotiating table. 

Sincerely,

 

Additional info:
Reforming Bellingham’s Police Union Contracts: Accountability and Liability, by the Riveters Collective Justice System Committee

Sign this Police Union Reform Letter to Bellingham Elected Officials!

Dear Mayor Fleetwood and City Council Members,

When the City of Bellingham renegotiates the collective bargaining agreements for 2022 with the Bellingham Police Guild and Fraternal Order of Police, you have a rare opportunity to take meaningful action to improve police accountability in our community. That is why we are calling on you to ensure that the new collective bargaining agreements include critical provisions for better police accountability in Bellingham. In the next collective bargaining agreement with the Bellingham Police Guild and Fraternal Order of Police, we urge you to negotiate for the following four changes:

  1. Eliminate any provisions removing written reprimands (including their descriptions) or other evidence of misconduct from personnel files.
  2. Remove any language delaying a written statement or interrogations when law enforcement employees are investigated for misconduct, using deadly force, etc.
  3. End the process of providing those under investigation copies of signed documents or transcripts of the interview.
  4. Ensure individuals or boards accountable to the public have the final say in arbitration.

Negotiating for these changes in the CBA will demonstrate to the people of Bellingham that your administration takes police accountability and public safety seriously. This is a critical moment in our history, and we’re counting on you to fight for us at the negotiating table. 

Sincerely,

 

Add your name by completing the form below. Bellingham residents only, please.

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Bob Burr (98226)

Justin Woodum (98225)

Lola Hudson (98225)

Melissa Marteny (98226)

Eowyn Savela (98225)

Linda White (98225)

Lee Che Leong (98225)

Krystal Rodriguez (98229)

Kim Ninneman (98229)

Thomas Perkow (98229)

Tim Marteny (98226)

Dylan Becker (98225)

Mara Grubb (98225)

Towhee Wean (98226)

Liisa Wale (98229)

Imma Phelon (98226)

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