Community members can participate online or email comments
The City of Bellevue will hold a series of community listening sessions this month as a key part of its pledge to review police use of force policies in response to the ongoing national conversation about race and social justice. The online public forums will be on the following three dates:
- Tuesday, Oct. 13, 5:30-7 p.m. (not streamed live due to high winds interrupting power to YouTube channel, replay is available)
- Thursday, Oct. 15, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Interested community members can register to attend. Community members also have the option of just watching the forums; they will be streamed live on Bellevue TV (cable channel 21) and the city’s YouTube channel. Comments can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The pledge, signed by Mayor Lynne Robinson on behalf of the council in June, commits the city to the following actions:
- 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.
As part of the process, the city has hired an outside consultant, the Office of Independent Review Group, to lead the policy analysis, upcoming listening forums and to give recommendations regarding our use-of-force policies.
More information on the pledge is available at Council Pledge.