City Council passes resolution for deescalation training for Spokane Police


SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane City Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for deescalation and implicit bias training for local law enforcement.

Councilmember Betsy Wilkerson announced the decision on Facebook, sharing the resolution.

The City Council calls for the firing and prosecution of Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd’s death, the catalyst for the latest swathe of Black Lives Matter protests nationwide.

Additionally, the Council says the killing of George Floyd has “reopened wounds of institutionalized racism,” and has “exposed serious, pervasive, and inexcusable flaws of implicit bias in our justice system.”

“We cannot deceive ourselves into believing that abuses like those that have happened to so many people around the country don’t or can’t happen in Spokane,” the resolution reads.

The Community spoke and Council listened. We just took a step towards de-escalation, implicit bias training and better…

Posted by Council Member Betsy Wilkerson on Monday, June 1, 2020

The resolution calls for a community and neighborhood policing model, as well as encouraging Spokane Police to invest more time in deescalation and implicit bias training.