The Seattle/King County Branch of the NAACP will hold a public hearing on police accountability next week in Rainier Beach. The hearing is part of an ongoing effort to collect citizen testimony of their experiences with law enforcement.
Former Congresswoman and Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney will speak on police accountability and her work as a public policy advocate. In March of this year, the NAACP formed the People's Panel on Police Accountability, a diverse team of community members charged with assessing citizen concerns of police misconduct and the disparate treatment of people of color and the poor. The public hearings are designed for individuals to present testimony on their personal experiences with law enforcement.
These stories will be used to compile a holistic, community-centered assessment of practices of police misconduct throughout Seattle and south King County, and to foster a collective call for police accountability.
The Rainier Beach hearing will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 12 at the Rainier Beach Community Center, 8824 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle. Co-sponsors for this event are the American Friends Service Committee, the Coalition to Undo Racism Everywhere and Village of Hope.
McKinney has been at the forefront of work for police accountability, supporting the Right of Return for the Internally Displaced from the Gulf Coast and advocating for policy to address the racial disparities in wealth, income and opportunities.