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A roundup of news and announcements we don’t want to lose in the ever-changing news cycle!
More on police accountability this week, this time around the Jesse Sarey murder case, where a former Seattle police chief will testify against an Auburn officer’s use of force. Meanwhile, a man threatened Rep. Pramila Jayapal and a shooting took place outside Washington Hall.
Those looking to find summer events to attend this weekend might find themselves at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s Summer Social or Daybreak Star for the Seafair Indian Days Powwow. Paid opportunities are also available for young people interested in learning web design or social media; applications close soon.
—Vee Hua 華婷婷, Acting Editor for the South Seattle Emerald
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Former Seattle police chief to be key witness in Jesse Sarey murder case; Finds use of force violations when reviewing officer’s actions
As the Seattle Times reported, former acting Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel will be a key witness in the Auburn police officer’s murder and assault case. Jeffrey Nelson, who fatally shot 26-year-old Jesse Sarey on May 31, 2019. Nelson had responded to a call about disorderly conduct at an Auburn convenience store; when he arrived, he confronted Sarey; the two got into a physical altercation, and Nelson said Sarey tried to grab the officer’s folding knife and pistol.
In 2020, Nelson was charged with second degree murder and first degree assault; he was only the third officer to be charged with killing a civilian in Washington state the storythe first in 30 years, and the first under I-940, Police Training and Criminal Liability in Cases Deadly Force Measure, passed in 2018. The trial is scheduled for next year, in Washington State vs. Jeffrey Nelson.
At the request of the King County District Attorney’s Office, Pugel, who is a former police use-of-force educator, reviewed 70 Auburn Police Department (APD) incident reports related to Nelson, dating back to 2013, including power struggles, testimonials and dash cam videos. Pugel then prepared a 20-page report; he graphically cites 17 instances of the use of force within the ODA that Pugel deemed “unnecessary at best and often excessive or unconstitutional”.
See all South Seattle EmeraldJesse Sarey’s cover, including an op-ed from his adoptive mother.
Local man threatens Rep. Pramila Jayapal outside her home
A man threatened State Representative Pramila Jayapal and her family outside their home on Saturday, July 9. Jayapal and his neighbors called 911; When officers responded to the disturbance, they spotted the suspect, Brett Forsell, standing in the street with his hands up and a handgun to his waist.
“An officer said in the statement that a neighbor told them they heard the suspect shouting ‘Go back to India, I’m going to kill you’ and saw Forsell’s vehicle pass by Jayapal’s residence about three times. while shouting profanities,” The Hill reported. “The King County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement that a judge set bail for Forsell at $500,000, similar to other cases of armed threats of murder and hate crimes. The judge denied the bureau’s request for a stalking protection order for Jayapal.
Documents for the charges will be sent this week, and Forsell is expected to remain in jail while the SPD investigates the incident.
Filming over the weekend takes place in front of the Washington Hall
A shooting took place outside Washington Hall last weekend. In response, the crowd from a hip-hop show inside the venue dispersed into the streets. Two were injured as they tried to escape, but no one was found with gunshot wounds.
The brief Seattle Police Department report, “On 7/10/2022 at 11:57 p.m., officers responded to a music venue in the 14 Av/E Fir St area for a report of more than 50 shots heard . Upon their arrival, hundreds of people were fleeing in all directions on foot and by car. Officers located two injured people while attempting to flee. Evidence of a shooting was located in the parking lot and throughout the city block, but no gunshot victims were located despite the dense crowd. The patrol processed the scene and noted several damaged vehicles/buildings. A getaway vehicle was involved in a nearby collision and was impounded in the treatment room after the driver/occupants fled the scene. So [sic] vehicle was allegedly involved in the shooting.
Summer Social with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Summer Social takes place Saturday, July 16 from noon to 3 p.m. in Des Moines. The free outdoor event will feature vegan and non-vegan dishes from Frelard Tamales and Spide Waala, as well as games and outdoor activities. Learn more about the event, including COVID-19 guidelines, through their online registration portal.
Seafair Indian Days Powwow returns in person
The annual Seafair Indian Days powwow returns July 15-17, celebrating its 33rd year at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center Powwow Park in Discovery Park. This year’s powwow emerges from the pandemic shutdowns with the powerful theme of “Remember, Reconnect, Relive,” and is organized by United Indians of All Tribes Foundation (UIATF). Open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous attendees, the event can draw around 12,000 visitors over the course of a weekend and features a variety of competitive dance performances, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors and networking opportunities. Read full coverage on South Seattle Emerald.
EchoX offers paid opportunities for young people interested in web development and social media
EchoX, a “self-described pioneering portal that crosses barriers and connects cultures by consolidating and amplifying the voices of cross-generational ethnic communities”, provides paid opportunities for young people aged 14-18.
“Workshop “How to look cool online” (HTLCO)
The brainchild of EchoX DIGITIZE Youth Council member Jacob Arnez, this series was created for students to learn the basics of HTML and become more comfortable expressing themselves online. Applicants will be encouraged to create sites around themes and stories related to their identity, cultural heritage and community.
With dates in July and August, it’s free and open to all students ages 14-18 in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. Upon completion, attendees will receive a $75 digital VISA gift card. Register via the interest form before July 20 or learn more on their website.
Summer/Fall Remote Social Media Fellowship 2022
EchoX is also offering a fully remote social media fellowship for a fellow between July 30 and September 30, with compensation of $15 per hour. The scholarship will help selected young people develop skills in digital literacy, work experience, leadership, graphic design, and more.
Apply by July 27 or learn more by checking out their current classmate and their @echoxnw Instagram account.
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