Defund the Kirkland Police?!

We’ve all been hearing a lot about the “Defund the Police” movement. How does it apply in Kirkland? Does racist policing happen in Kirkland, too?

Our September member meeting was all about:

  • the national campaign to defund the police
  • the history of policing and race
  • an overview of policing in Kirkland
  • the question: can the police be reformed?

Here are the slides that people have asked for most:

After the racist KPD incident at Menchie’s, in which KPD asked a Black customer to move along, KPD released data on the 911 calls they get regarding “unwanted subjects.” This does not include trespassing — it’s just 911 calls from businesses who don’t want a person in their shop.
After the murder of George Floyd by a Minnesota police officer, KPD released data on their uses of force over the last couple of years. This is the breakdown by race.
Pulling the above two sources together, we find that Black Kirklanders are roughly 20 times more likely to experience police violence, 18 times more likely to be reported as “unwanted” by Kirkland business owners, and 36 times more likely to end up with a police report as an “unwanted subject.”

And here is the entire slide deck!