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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.


Thursday, April 22, 2021
To date, this blog series has focused largely on upstream efforts to transform policing, reduce or prevent its harms, and create public safety for all. This blog post examines endeavors to make more robust the inquest process, a tool for holding police accountable and obtaining justice for bereaved families after police harm has already been done.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Statements from ACLU of Washington, ACLU of Minnesota and ACLU National regarding the guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin's trial.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Accountability is not justice. There is much work to be done.
Friday, March 12, 2021
Months after Juan Rene’s death, his family’s grief has been compounded by the lack of answers to their questions about what happened.