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Mayor on Incident at South 9th and Pacific

Mayor Victoria Woodards on Incident at South 9th Street and Pacific Avenue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 24, 2020

 

MEDIA CONTACTS

Tanisha Jumper, Media and Communications, tjumper@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5152
Maria Lee, Media and Communications, maria.lee@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-2054

 

A Statement From Mayor Victoria Woodards on Incident at South 9th Street and Pacific Avenue 

 

For those who woke up this morning feeling outrage, frustration, grief, heartbreak, or confusion, I understand and honor your feelings. I, too, am deeply saddened by what we saw last night.

As a use of deadly force, this incident is being taken very seriously and the scene has appropriately been turned over to the Pierce County Force Investigation Team for independent investigation. As we learn the facts of the case, I have called on the City Manager and Police Chief to ensure that everyone involved is held accountable.

While we await more information, I want the community to know that I am deeply concerned and praying for everyone who was impacted by last night’s events. 

I continue to be proud of Tacoma’s long-standing reputation as a place of strong, non-violent advocacy and activism. I continue to support your right to use your voice to advocate and demonstrate peacefully during this time of heightened tension. 

I know our community’s resiliency continues to be tested. I also know that we are strong and that we will get through this together. 

 

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