Open letter to the mayor: Why is SPD silent on hate crime?

Frank Irigon October 29, 2014 2
A Seattle Police car on patrol near 2nd Ave downtown. • Photo by Matthew Zalewski

A Seattle Police car on patrol near 2nd Ave downtown. • Photo by Matthew Zalewski

The following is an open letter to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray by Frank Irigon of OCA—Greater Seattle Chapter regarding a September 28 incident in which Asian women near the University of Washington were allegedly targeted with insults and thrown objects:

Dear Mayor Ed Murray,

On behalf of OCA-Greater Seattle Chapter, I want to express our extreme disappointment and outrage that it’s been almost a month since this hate crime was perpetrated upon defenseless Asian female students in the University District. We were hoping that your office and the Seattle Police Department would have shared this same outrage and put forward a statement that his type of racist behavior would not be tolerated in the City of Seattle. But we were wrong and again our community feels marginalized. Not one word came from you or the SPD. Nor how the SPD was going to collaborate with the UW Police to prevent this from happening again.

We are requesting a meeting with you and Chief Kathleen O’Toole to discuss this and other issues that we have with the SPD. From recruitment, retention, promotion, and a lack of Asians in command positions. The last being Capt. Ronald Mochizuki who was promoted by then Chief Norm Stamper after our community met with him and that was eons ago.

We are looking forward to meeting with you and the chief to discuss how to make Seattle a safe place for all people regardless of their race to live, study, and to enjoy life in America.


Frank Irigon
OCA—Greater Seattle

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  1. Christopher Earle October 29, 2014 at 3:09 pm -

    I am absolutely stunned that there was no action taken on this. Wait. Unfortunately, no I am NOT stunned. No action is about what I would expect from SPD.

  2. Mickymse October 31, 2014 at 10:57 am -

    Am I wrong that there’s no actionable crime for something like this? I mean, I get what happened here, but don’t they have to arrest someone for a crime — and then the hate crime aspect is an additional factor that comes into play? If so, the real question is whether or not one thinks SPD could make an assault charge stick in court.

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