Tell Elected Officials Police Accountability is Non-Negotiable!

 

Dear Mayors, County Executive, and City Council Members,

When Bellingham, Lynden, Blaine, and Whatcom County renegotiate their collective bargaining agreements in 2021 with their respective law enforcement unions, we have a rare opportunity to take meaningful action to improve police accountability. That is why we call on you to ensure that the new collective bargaining agreements include critical provisions. Based on national research of key problems in police contracts, we urge you to negotiate for the following changes:

  1. Eliminate any provisions removing written reprimands (including their descriptions) or other evidence of misconduct from personnel files. (Bellingham and Whatcom County)
  2. Remove any language that delays a written statement or interrogation when law enforcement employees are investigated for misconduct, using deadly force, etc. (Bellingham and Whatcom County)
  3. End the process of providing those under investigation copies of signed documents or transcripts of the interview. (Bellingham, Whatcom County, and Blaine)
  4. Ensure individuals or boards accountable to the public have the final say in arbitration. (all current contracts)
  5. Remove the obligation for cities to pay for officers’ legal fees. (Lynden and Blaine)

Negotiating for these changes in the various union contracts will demonstrate to the people of Whatcom County that you take 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,

 

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Bob Burr

Justin Woodum

Lola Hudson

Melissa Marteny

Eowyn Savela

Linda White

Lee Che Leong

Krystal Rodriguez

Kim Ninneman

Thomas Perkow

Tim Marteny

Dylan Becker

Mara Grubb

Towhee Wean

Liisa Wale

Imma Phelon

Jack Meehoff

Shanna Leeland

Rebekah Jayne

Heather Vredevoogd

Josh Cerretti

Celeste Monke

Suzanne Gray

Laura Steiger

Louis Burrell

Mary Stidham

Teizeen Mohamedali

Amy Malone

Dena Jensen

Carmen Gilmore

Lucila Jackman

Sarah Jones

Sandy Robson

Markis Dee

Sandi Heinrich

Debra David

Heather Korbmacher

Debbi Anderson-Frey

Suzanne Munson

Carol Lager

Richard Donnelly

Darrell Phare

Bill Angel

Peter Holcomb

Behnoosh Armani

Lana Worley

Leland Anderson

Laura Norton

Courtenay Chadwell

Emily Yale Wynne

Robert Norton

Robert Johnsom

Elizabeth Hartsoch

Sylvia Graham

Alan McConchie

Candice Cross

Bonnie Hall

Jonathan Scanlon

Liz Darrow

Hannah Enich

Annie Patrick

Kevin Probasco

Amanda Zimmerman

Clover Martin

David Crook

William Schenken

Liz Isaly

Cory

Bridget McShane

Darlene Giblin

Aimee

Jennifer Wright

Alisa Sachs

Heather

Nathan Carnes

Ashley Aiken

Jessica Waaga

Amy McGregor

Jesi Van Leeuwen

Olivia Slama

Jil Mullins

Karen Phillips

Corina Hancock

Treasure Samual

Susan Mulligan

Kristina Michele

Christy Nieto

Julie Battan

Jeannine Heidenreich

Stephanie Allen

Maureen Kane

Jennifer Gruenert

David J Beaumier

Morgan Kay

Annie Prevost

Leanna Kanda

Charlton “Peach” Tarver

Ronda Good

Bob Johnson

Erin Fortenberry

Arlene Feld

Jennifer Mansfield

Behnoosh Armani

Sara O’Conner

Mary Burrell

Bryan Sharick

Dana Weigel

Nasreen Mughal-Barrows

April Baum

Arrissia Owen Turner

Cally Huttar

Andrea Eventoff

Gail Adderley

Simon Bakke

Felicia Aranda

Greg Verbarends

Desiree Pack

Geneva Blake

Roxanne Kay

Maureen Traxler

Kay Gardner

Amy Glasser

Anna Dorough

Camaran Martin

Kati Chapman

Terrence Morris

John Romankiewicz

Kay Gardner

Kate Yamamoto

Kristal McKinstry

James Waterhouse

Desiree Pack

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

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