Equity in Issaquah

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Following the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, people across our country – including on the steps of Issaquah City Hall – have rightfully demonstrated against racial injustice throughout our country.

The Black Lives Matters demonstrators have asked that we take this moment to talk about what we need to do as a community to recognize racial bias, and make changes to eliminate the disproportionate damage it is doing to community members of color.

King County has declared that racism is a public health crisis, and Issaquah joins our regional partners in pledging to implement a racially-equitable response that’s centered on community.

We are committed to:

  • Listening to a diverse range of opinions, stories and perspectives.
  • Continuing the dialogue, and sharing what we’ve heard.
  • Implementing change as a community.

Moving forward, we must come together in our community conversations – and ensure everyone has a voice that is heard.

Here in Issaquah, kindness is our strength. We are welcoming and inclusive, but more work needs to be done.

Background

At the City Council’s June 15 meeting, the City provided an overview of City training, procedures and programs focused on racial equity with a specific emphasis on the Issaquah Police Department and Municipal Court. Public comments were also provided that urged police reforms.

Proposed Plan

In response to public and City Council input, the City has develop a draft Police Accountability, Equity and Human Services Action Plan to address enhanced police accountability, equity initiatives and human services programs in Issaquah over the next 18 months.

Provide Feedback

Join us to learn more about the City’s draft plan and provide your feedback during a virtual community meeting at 6 p.m. July 29. Once you register, you will receive an email with details on how to join the virtual meeting.

The meeting will include presentations from Mayor Mary Lou Pauly, City Administrator Wally Bobkiewicz and Police Chief Scott Behrbaum, and include time for public comment.

If you aren’t able to join us, please send feedback to mayor@issaquahwa.gov. A recording of the meeting will also be published on the City’s YouTube page.

All input will be shared with the City Council, which is scheduled to vote on a final version of the plan during its Aug. 10 meeting.