Families impacted by fatal police shootings to protest Thursday night at the Auburn Justice Center

  • Thursday, August 6, 2020 3:44pm
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Families impacted by fatal police shootings will join with community members for rally in support of Jesse Sarey from 6:30 to 8:35 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 6 at the Auburn Justice Center.

Rally attendees will also call for the Auburn Police Department to be held accountable and to demand change.

Sarey, 26, was shot and killed by Auburn Police Officer Jeff Nelson on May 31, 2019 Sarey’s family has said it wants to let people know who Sarey was, to shed light on his case and to demand answers for his death.

“Families impacted by police killings will stand in solidarity with Jesse Sarey’s family who have lost their loved ones at the hands of the Auburn Police Department. The API Community is coming together to shed light on the impact these killings have had in Auburn and South King County,” event organizers said in a press release.

Among the families present will be:

● The family of Isaiah Obet (Pacific Islander/ Marshal Island)

● The mother of Auburn Enosa “EJ” Strickland Jr;

● The family of Muckleshoot Tribal member, Renee Davis)

Here is what attendees will demand:

• The dropping of all lawsuits that prohibit inquest processes, enabling families of loved ones to receive answers, justice, and accountability for police departments in southern King County, including; Auburn, Renton, Kent, Federal Way and the King County Sheriff’s Office;

• The firing, arrest, and charging of Nelson for the death of Sarey;

• A requirement for body cameras on all Auburn police officers;

• Solidarity for the other families whose loved ones have been killed or harmed by Auburn Police, and opening their police cases; and

• The defunding of the Auburn Police Department.

“Along with these essential demands, the community will join together Thursday to learn about the life of Jesse Sarey and reclaim his memory,” organizers said in the release. “For too long the struggles of families whose loved ones have been killed by law enforcement agencies have gone unnoticed and unrecognized. Families struggle to cope while police spread false narratives, dehumanizing, criminalizing and damaging the memories of lives lost too soon. These narratives isolate families, turning away any opportunity for community engagement and support.”

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