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Law enforcement must protect both public safety and the rights of individuals. This is why arrests and use of force should be last resorts, not first options, for police. The ACLU-WA advocates for stronger laws regulating police use of force, alternatives to arrest and incarceration, and de-escalation practices and training. And to ensure law enforcement is accountable to the people they serve, the ACLU-WA works for greater community oversight, such as independent civilian review boards with disciplinary authority.

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News Release, Published: 
Monday, December 7, 2020
Published: 
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
City budgets are a reflection of priorities. The size of the City of Seattle’s policing budget vastly surpasses critical city services such as housing and human services. This blog post is dedicated to answering the question, what is the budget process?
News Release, Published: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
The ACLU of Washington, Korematsu Center, and Perkins Coie filed a second motion for contempt today in Black Lives Matter v. City of Seattle, to enforce a preliminary injunction barring the Seattle Police Department (SPD) from indiscriminately using chemical weapons and other less lethal weapons against crowds.

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