Article: “After White Officer Shoots Black Brothers, Chief Works To Build Trust”

By Austin Jenkins – KPLU / NWNews – July 14, 2016

Cutline: Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts says police departments ”need to be more transparent, more open and more accountable.”

“The police force in Washington’s state capital is changing. Fourteen months ago a white police officer in Olympia shot two African-American brothers. The shooting triggered local protests, but not a national outcry — the brothers survived, although one was paralyzed.

“Ultimately, the officer was cleared of any wrongdoing. Even so, Olympia’s police chief says that event was a catalyst for change.”

[Then later in the article]

… “At a news conference a few hours after the shooting, Chief Roberts was asked about the “elephant in the room” — race. The officer was white, the men who were shot black.

“This was his answer then: “There’s no indication to me that race was a factor in this case at all.”

“Today, Roberts says he apologizes for that statement.

“‘Because what I know based upon black people in this community and across this nation is that every time they’re present, race is a factor,’ Roberts said.”

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