Call to Action on Police Reform and Racial Justice
During the apocalyptic summer of 2020, as the COVID pandemic ravaged lives and shut down the economy, we witnessed the gruesome murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police, and Americans from all backgrounds came together like never before in a national uprising for racial equity and justice system reform.
It was clearly time to take action. Countless people, mostly from marginalized communities, have needlessly lost their lives from police use of excessive force, but George Floyd’s death served as the flashpoint to spark long-awaited policy changes in police practices.
I could not just sit by in that historic moment. I had already been passionately supporting and working on dismantling the institutional structures that have allowed people of color to be treated as second-class citizens for generations, especially in the criminal legal system.
Rep. Goodman speaking at the House Floor debate on SD 5476. Roger was a key player in crafting the bill to respond to the State v. Blake decision from the WA Supreme Court, which decriminalized drug possession.
House Public Safety Committee Legislative Hearing: Call to Action on Police Reform
- The Need for Evidence-Based Solutions
King5 — Washington Lawmakers Weigh Reform Bills Ahead of Session
TVW — Washington Public Affairs Network Inside Olympia – Sept. 24
Host Austin Jenkins talks police reform and racial justice with Reps. Roger Goodman and Jesse Johnson, Monisha Harrell of the governor’s task force on police investigations, and Monica Alexander of the Criminal Justice Training Commission.
Host Austin Jenkins talks police reform and racial justice with Reps. Roger Goodman and Jesse Johnson, Monisha Harrell of the governor's task force on police investigations, and Monica Alexander of the Criminal Justice Training Commission.