Virtual Meeting Highlights
It was hard to tell who was present because it was virtual. Everyone followed the rules around keeping themselves muted and seemed to use the hand raise feature in order to ask their questions. The chat box (when visible) seemed to be active, and the task force members were definitely asking questions of the presenters. I have no idea if all members of the task force were present; there was no roll call, and there are a lot of members of the task force (23 according to the website).
This was an extremely dense meeting, but also really interesting. I appreciated that the chat box was visible for the majority of the meeting (though I wasn’t really looking at it), but it was partially covering the chart they were looking at, and it would have been more helpful for me to see the chart in order to take notes/follow along.
The meeting lasted approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes. There was no public input, beyond the fact that task force members are community members as well.
Summary of Discussion
Welcome and Review Ground Rules (LueRachelle Brim-Atkins, Facilitator)
Overview: Today’s Meeting (Sonja Hallum, Senior Policy Advisor, Governor’s Policy Office)
Presentation on Criminal Investigations and Prosecution
Presenting: John Allgire, Detective, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office; Eric Drever, Chief, Tukwila Police Department; & Eric Richey, Whatcom County Prosecuting Attorney
Panel Presentation and Discussion of Legal Issues Related to Investigations and Prosecutorial Authority
Presenting: Elizabeth Thomas, K&L Gates Law Firm; Bart Freedman, K&L Gates Law Firm; Mike McKay, K&L Gates Law Firm; Yasmin Trudeau, Office of the Attorney General; John Hillman, Division Chief, Criminal Justice Division, Office of the Attorney General; Eric Richey, Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
Closing Comments and Adjourn
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