Following the tragic death of George Floyd, citizens across the nation and here locally have been moved to address the continued reality of systemic racism. Mayor Lynne Robinson, with the support of the City Council, has pledged to review police use of force in Bellevue to identify whether any reforms are needed.
Bellevue is committed to ensuring its policies and practices serve all communities equally and equitably and with the goal of ensuring Black people and other people of color are safe and respected. Everyone who lives and/or works here, along with all who visit, should feel equally safe in Bellevue. Specifically, the city has pledged to:
- Review police use of force policies.
- Engage the community by including a diverse range of input, experiences and stories in the review.
- Report the findings of the review to the community and seek feedback.
- Reform police use of force policies.
We are now in the review and engagement phase of the pledge.
The city has hired a consultant, the Office of Independent Review Group, to review police use of force policy in Bellevue and recommend any changes to that policy if necessary.
The OIR Group has already begun its analysis of police use-of-force policies, which will continue while public input is gathered. As early as the end of the year, OIR will present its findings and recommendations to the council.
The OIR Group is also leading engagement for this initiative, with a blend of opportunities for the community and stakeholders to contribute experiences and expectations. Given continued limitations on public gatherings, virtual platforms will be used for all formal engagement in this process.
Invitations will be broad through various media and networks. We will also seek input from organized groups that have voiced interests aligned with the pledge.
At any time, you can send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents and other stakeholders shared their thoughts and experiences at three community listening sessions in October. Facilitated by OIR and streamed live on Bellevue TV (cable channel 21), the virtual sessions are available for viewing any time.
- Tuesday, Oct. 13, 5:30-7 p.m. - video
- Thursday, Oct. 15, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - video
- Saturday, Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - video
If you were unable to attend any of the listening sessions, you can tell the city what you think at Engaging Bellevue. You can also go directly to a community listening survey, which is open until Nov. 1, on that website.
News and updates
Future information on advancing the pledge will be provided on this page.
- Release: Public safety pledge listening sessions set Oct. 13, 15 and 17 – Oct. 2, 2020
- Council meeting memo: Advancing the Mayor’s Pledge – Sept. 28, 2020
- Release: Council commits to review of public safety practices – June 11, 2020