Seattle police jumped the gun

Opinion

January 16, 2019 - 9:32 AM

Two Kirkland, Wash., police officers who recently asked a black man to leave a frozen yogurt shop at the shop owner’s request did not violate department policy, an internal review has found.

But far from absolving the police officers’ conduct, this finding shows just how badly the department’s policies needed to change.

No one should be asked to leave an establishment when they are sitting peacefully, doing their job. Yet that is exactly what happened to 31-year-old Byron Ragland.

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