The Office Police Accountability (OPA) released findings from its investigation into the Seattle Police Department’s shooting of Shaun Fuhr today, finding that the officers’ actions followed SPD policy and training. In response, Community Police Commission (CPC) Executive Director Brandy Grant is releasing the following statement:
“We are heartbroken for Shaun Fuhr’s loved ones and our entire community. This is a tragedy on every level. Police responses in Seattle too often result in violence, particularly when it involves people of color. We cannot continue to rely on police policy that has repeatedly allowed officers to shoot unarmed people. In no world should it be acceptable to shoot someone when they have their baby in their arms.”
The CPC does not have the power to investigate officers. However, the CPC will exercise its authority under the Accountability Ordinance to gain access to all unredacted investigatory files related to this case from OPA. We will be closely reviewing them and looking for systemic improvements to be made to work toward stopping anything like this from ever happening again.