Monthly Archives: November 2016

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    In the News: Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing Makes Recommendations

In the News: Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing Makes Recommendations

November 30th, 2016|

Photo Credit: Bothell-Kenmore Reporter

From the Bothell-Kenmore Reporter:

Task force on deadly force sends recommendations to legislature

“After months of meetings where task force members heard from police, prosecutors, stakeholders, and community members, the Joint Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing voted on 30 recommendations to send to the legislature for its consideration. Of those, 15 recommendation were approved by the task force…”

 

From the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin:

Recommendations on deadly force law seem prudent

“State Sen. David Frockt, a Seattle Democrat and a Task Force member, plans to draft legislation incorporating the recommendations, although he acknowledged consensus is needed and he is open to ideas on how to make that happen.”

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    We must defend our rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of speech

We must defend our rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of speech

November 18th, 2016|

Over the last few days I have received dozens of calls and emails concerning the GOP proposal to enhance criminal penalties for protest activities and civil disobedience. In addition to being entirely unnecessary, as we already have numerous laws on the books to address the alleged harms, this type of legislation would threaten our Constitutional rights. If this legislation sees the light of day in Olympia, I will exhaust every available option to see it defeated.

From the Boston Tea Party, to the lunch counter sit-ins of the civil rights movement to Occupy Wall Street, at times social and economic justice requires, indeed compels citizens to speak out, to protest and to make their voices heard. Freedom of assembly, freedom of speech and the right to protest are the lynchpins of this democracy and we must never do anything to chill those fundamental rights.  That is exactly what such an extreme proposal would do.  No matter your political beliefs, we must all work to protect the integrity of our democracy and rally to defend our rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of speech.

I had hoped that the calls for unity from President-elect Trump on election night might have led to more understanding, outreach and dialogue.  Instead we are getting rhetoric that moves the country and our state toward more political division, not less.

46th Legislative District Video Tour

November 16th, 2016|

From the shores of Lake Washington and Husky Stadium to the heart of North Seattle and beyond to Kenmore, the fine communities of the 46th District are a treasure in our state.

Join Sen. David Frockt on a tour of the 46th Legislative District to learn more.