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Statement from the Seattle King County NAACP: in reaction to how SPD handled the situation and their recent apology:
"The apology issued from SPD in regard to the unjust arrest of Mr. Wingate is too little, too late. It falls short of taking responsibility for what happened to Mr. Wingate, and points to no concrete action steps to ensure that something like this won't happen again.
While we have immense concerns about the lack of accountability for Officer Whitlatch’s behavior, this goes deeper than any one officer. At every step along the way, our justice system failed Mr. Wingate. That is what institutional racism looks like.
In addition, the silence from the Mayor's office and from Chief O'Toole concerning both the false statement in the Wingate matter and SPD's recent actions in the MLK Day pepper spraying incident is deafening.
To Mayor Murray: don't attend an NAACP Black Lives Matter march and rally one day saying that you stand against injustice in Ferguson, and then sit idly by when the truth is revealed that injustice sits squarely in Seattle.
Let your actions be so loud that people can't hear what you are saying.
The Seattle King County NAACP is calling on the Mayor's Office and Chief O'Toole to stop talking about making our communities safer from police abuse and actually do something about it."
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In light of the incident, the Seattle King County NAACP chapter called for more action from city leaders regarding police abuse. “This goes deeper than any one officer,” a statement read. “At every step along the way, our justice system failed Mr. Wingate. That is what institutional racism looks like.”
How 'Grandfather In Our Community' Lost Faith In Seattle Police
Gerald Hankerson, head of the Seattle King County NAACP, said Wingate was a family man. “He’s what we refer to as a grandfather in our community,” Hankerson said. “He’s a member of First AME church, he’s been carrying this golf club for 20 years. The community knows Mr. Wingate as someone who carries this golf club.”
“It’s sad to lose the sight of someone that actually been supportive of law enforcement, now looking at it in a different way,” he said.
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