Inslee picks advisory board for Washington’s police accountability office

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced his picks Tuesday for an 11-member panel to oversee the state’s newly created police accountability office with powers to independently investigate cases of law enforcement’s use of deadly force.

Some of those choices include Monica Alexander, a retired captain and former spokesperson for the Washington State Patrol, and LGBTQ activist Monisha Harrell,, board chair of Equal Rights Washington.

The Office of Independent Investigations advisory board is tasked with providing input and advice to the office’s eventual director about its establishment and operations. The office’s director has not yet been appointed. Inslee’s office said Tuesday that a national search is underway to identify candidates for the role.

The aim of the office is to “provide communities, families, individuals, and law enforcement with reassurance that their cases are being examined and reviewed in an unbiased way,” according to a statement from Inslee, posted on the governor’s website. (Seattle Times)

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