The Seattle Police Department should offer a “sincere, public apology” for its response to protesters who took to the streets in 2020 after the death of George Floyd, a community panel urged in a report made public Tuesday.
An apology from the police department would be a significant step in building trust between police and Seattle communities, the report outlined.
In all 22 recommendations were delivered by Seattle’s Office of Inspector General, most of which address Seattle Police policies, tactics, and training.
“Acknowledge the harm to BIPOC community caused by Seattle Police actions over time and issue a public apology for the actions of Seattle Police during the 2020 protests,” was the direct summation.
In its fourth and final review of the Seattle police response to the months of protests in 2020, the city’s Office of Inspector review panel found officers and commanders repeatedly failed to recognize “the difference between the throngs of protesters exercising their First Amendment rights and the few troublemakers,” the Seattle Times reported.
In response, the department referred to a 2021 public letter from Chief Adrian Diaz, who said he was “deeply sorry” to those who had lost trust in police or were hurting.
He also apologized “to members of the community and the department alike who bear the physical and emotional scars” of the 2020 protests.
“Reform means that we accept the responsibility that is ours to bear, we learn from our experience, and we consistently strive to do better,” Diaz wrote.
As Breitbart News reported, multiple buildings in Minneapolis burned as protesters turned to riots over the death of George Floyd, who died after a police officer was seen on video putting his knee on his neck as he was handcuffed.
The violent unrest raged right across the United States for weeks on end with demands for reparations also made as part of the civil unrest.
Black Lives Matter activists stormed a Seattle neighborhood and demanded residents “get the f**k out” and “give Black people back their homes” as reparations. https://t.co/CHdcMbMJPr
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 15, 2020
In all, the panel reportedly made 139 recommendations to the department and city officials “intended to prevent such events from happening again.”
“SPD must truly protect and serve the community in ways that are just, fair and supportive,” the report concludes.
Former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin’s appeal for another trial over the death of Floyd was rejected on Monday, the news coming after he was sentenced to over 20 years in prison for the incident.
Read the Sentinel Event Review of Police Response to 2020 Protests in Seattle in full here.