The Seattle CPC sent the following letter to City Councilmembers, Mayor Jenny Durkan, Chief Carmen Best, and other city leaders today.
The Community Police Commission (CPC) writes to express its strong support for Council Bill 119840 – the Mi’Chance Dunlap-Gittens Youth Rights Ordinance.
Mi’Chance Dunlap-Gittens was a poet, student, and son. He was just 17 years old when he was killed during the investigation of a crime he did not commit. As Seattle confronts the impacts of policing and reimagines justice, among our first tasks is ensuring the constitutional rights of our young people are protected.
The CPC stands in solidarity with the many community organizations, along with the youth they uplift, who have led this movement and expressed their support for the legislation. They are uniquely qualified to know how best to protect our young people, especially BIPOC youth who face an outsized impact in our criminal justice system.
The King County Council is working to pass its own ordinance with strong support from Community leaders, young people, and youth advocates. We urge you to act alongside them to ensure all young people in Seattle are protected. Our youth do not live, play, or learn within a single municipal boundary. Therefore, their right to legal counsel must not vary between those boundaries. The CPC thanks Choose 180, Community Passageways, and Creative Justice for bringing the statement of support to the CPC.