Hold Auburn Police Department for Accountability & Justice for the Murder of Jesse Sarey
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I want to make sure people know that Elaine is the Foster mom of Jesse Sarey, I met Elaine Simons at the CHOP protest. She came up and shared Jesse's story amongst hundreds of people. The fact that she fostered Jesse for only 6 months but is standing up for Jesse solely by herself made me want to help her anyway I could. I'm helping her write this petition, this is co written by her and I but is under my account. I will be updating and going through the petition with Elaine.
Jesse Sarey was my foster son when he was 11 years old. Up to the time of his untimely death he was living homeless in Kent, WA and struggling with Mental Health Issues. He was one of four brothers. His younger brother lived with me for 9 years and aged out of the foster care system. He was a funny and sweet young man who was loved by his mother and brothers and over 27 cousins. He loved Naruto and break dancing. After six months of living with me Jesse started having some mental health issues and had to go live in an adolescent residentail program.
His family came to America during the Khmer Regime from Cambodia to escape being killed. The elders are heartbroken that life in America has been such a difficult journey for the children born here. Jesse is a by product of the school to prison pipe line and foster care system. I have been an art teacher in KC Youth Detention and ran an homeless youth and young adult program in Seattle. I also know two impacted families who have lost loved ones, one was the girlfriend and the other a sister who I both taught. He never had the opportunity to get off the streets and turn his life around he died at the young age of 26 years old.
On May 31st, 2019 my foster son Jesse Sarey was having a mental health issue in Auburn, WA at a near by Walgreens he then walked across the street to the Sunshine Groceries and had calmed down. The police were called to the scene. At no time was a Mental Health Response Team sent to de escalate the situation. When Officer Jeff Nelson arrived on the scene, Jesse was sitting in front of the ice machine chewing on ice as it was a hot day. Officer Nelson asked Jesse to stand up and that he was being arrested for disorderly conduct. Jesse questioned this and they ended up in an physical altercation. The witness stated that Jesse was asking why he was being arrested and the police officer was pushing the limits of Jesse's patience. During the physical altercation the police officer stated that Jesse reached for his gun, when in reality when Jesse hand touched the gun he pulled back realizing his mistake. The officer then pulled out his gun turned to the witness with the gun aimed at him and then turned and shot Jesse in the stomach. Jesse fell to the ground next to the ice machine and 4 seconds later he was shot execution style in the head. There was no need for the kill shot.
As a Jewish woman I have been getting a lot of push back why is Jesse Sarey case important and that there are lots of black mothers who have lost their children to police violence. This impacts me immensely as I have been around people who have lost their love ones from police brutality. When Jesse was killed his biological family called me and asked me to meet with the family. We gathered at the mothers sister's home and they asked me to take a role in the advocacy and seeking justice for Jesse. Jesse is important due to the fact I believe that Officer Nelson thought he would get away with killing another person of color and a homeless person and no one would care.
OFFICER JEFF NELSON HAS MURDERED 2 OTHER PEOPLE BEFORE HE KILLED MY SON. HE KILLED THE SECOND VICTIM THE SAME WAY AS HE DID JESSE. YET THIS MAN IS STILL IN THE FORCE. Nelson shot and killed an Auburn citizen Brian Scaman during a traffic stop. Like Isaiah & Jesse, Nelson shot Mr. Scaman in the head. Nelson has had 65 excessive force complaints lodged against him. On a force with 57 patrol officers and at least 115 officers total, he has committed three of the entire force’s five officer-involved shootings since 2011.
Its only a matter of time that Officer Jeff Nelson will kill again. I am relentless in seeking justice for Jesse. People are going to challenge that Jesse asked for this to happen due to his mental health background and run in with the justice system. That should have no bearing for an unjustified killing of yet another unarmed person of color. If we bought this into this narrative then it is giving permission for police to be the judge, jury and executioner of people they encounter on the streets. What we need to focus on is NOT THE VICTIMS BACKGROUND as it should have no bearing on what led up to the shooting.
1). Drop all law suits that are prohibiting the inquest process so families of loved ones can have answers and accountability including; Auburn, Renton, Kent, Federal Way and the King County Sheriffs Office.
2). Firing, Arrest and Charged of Officer Jeff Nelson for the Murder of Jesse Sarey. Not only will this case be the first in 30 years to charge a police officer in Washington state for murder it will also open the doors for other cases throughout America seeking accountability and justice for their love ones. It wiil also set precedence for all the hundreds of cases that deserve the same type of justice.
3). Defund the Auburn Police Department by 50%.
4.) Solidarity for the other families who love ones have been killed by Auburn and opening their Police cases. Enosa EJ Strickland, Isaiah Obet, Renee Davis and the 1st victim name killed by Jeff Nelson. Any one else killed by Auburn Police.
5. Police should wear Dash cams.
6. Restorative Justice Approach to education in the police academy where they need to come face to face with families impacted by police violence to create a culture of empathy. On going professional development and classes on verbal and physical de escalation, Mental health issues and harm reduction and substance abuse.
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