On Friday, March 12th, 2020, family members of Black men killed by police called for the resignation of the King County Sheriff and the firing of Captain Todd Miller. The sheriff gave the captain, who was involved in a fatal shooting, a one-day suspension after it was discovered he described individuals as “animals” on social media. The family members are seeking the support of the Martin Luther King County Council as well as its executive Dow Constantine.
Later that evening, Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, issued a statement of support for the mothers and family members. He says, “I am proud of Sonia Joseph and the other moms for speaking out. I stand with them and support their demands.”
Calls for transparency, accountability, and cultural change over police have been a community focal point as racism, police brutality and killings continue to be an endemic on the nation. Recently, voters in King County gave the council the authority to appoint the sheriff.