Not soon enough. The Office of Independent Investigation was created by the Legislature in 2021 because “When police investigate other police, far too often families and communities are left with significant questions about the incident and doubt about the impartiality of the investigation. “Unfortunately, the OII is not ready yet. So officers from Olympia, Tumwater, Yelm—and Lacey—will be the ones to determine whether the January 20 fatal shooting of a 30-year old man by a Lacey officer—was justified… Does anyone doubt what the outcome will be?
Just in time. On MLK Day, January 18 last year, hundreds of people lined the sides of Olympia’s 4th Avenue Bridge with signs calling for “a peaceful transition” and to “respect the vote.” This MLK Day we’re seeing just how meaningful that demand was, as the Special Committee for Jan. 6 uncovers the coordinated effort to derail the transition—and ongoing efforts to deter the vote. Another bridge action needed?
Not at all. Instead of a public hearing as promised, County Commissioners are meeting behind closed doors to discuss unspecified “procedural and substantive concerns” about a petition submitted by Citizens for a Clean Black lake. The petition raises the question of dissolving the Black Lake Flood Control District—and the District’s attorney Heather Burgess seems to have succeeded in focusing the Commissioner on those concerns instead of the citizen petition. See story in September 2021 WIP.