ACLU Piles On After Police Shooting

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee September 8, 2010

Seattle Times:

The American Civil Liberties Union in Washington has called on the Seattle Police Department to change its attitudes and practices, which it claims have led to a "string of disturbing incidents" involving the use of force including last week's fatal shooting of a Native-American totem carver.

"Too often, officers have overreacted or escalated incidents when the subject is an individual of color, disabled, homeless or, otherwise 'different,' " wrote ACLU Director Kathleen Taylor in an open letter Wednesday to Mayor Mike McGinn, police Chief John Diaz and the City Council.

"This mindset must change," she wrote. "The pattern of violence must stop."

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