‘They should be alive:’ Families, advocates honor Washingtonians killed by police

The family and friends of Jesse Sarey say they are anxiously awaiting an outcome in the case against Auburn police officer Jeffrey Nelson, who is charged with second degree murder and first degree assault in the killing of Sarey in 2019.

In the meantime, Sarey’s loved ones are advocating for systemic changes to policing and keeping memories of Sarey — and other Washingtonians killed by law enforcement — alive.

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Eligible for a vaccine in Seattle but unable to get one? It might be your ZIP code

The city of Seattle has tried to make vaccine access more equitable by quietly enacting its own vaccine priority standards, within Washington state’s eligibility framework.

Instead of taking a first-come, first-served approach, the city says it is prioritizing Black, Indigenous, and people of color, older adults who haven’t been vaccinated yet, as well as people living within ZIP codes hardest hit by Covid.

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People incarcerated as children can be resentenced, says WA Supreme Court. Some prosecutors don’t want that

Last year, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that people prosecuted as adults while they were still children deserve a chance to be resentenced by a judge, who retroactively takes the mitigating factors of their youth into account.

But two local prosecutors are challenging that law in the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the justices overreached in their interpretation of the Eighth Amendment.

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Auburn officer charged with murder in 2019 police killing, testing new deadly force legal standards

Auburn Police officer Jeffrey Nelson, 41, has been charged with second degree murder and first degree assault in connection with the 2019 shooting death of 26-year-old Jesse Sarey.

The case is believed to be the first of its kind charged under Washington state’s Initiative 940, which eliminates a long-held legal standard of not charging officers in deadly force cases unless it can be proven they acted with “malice.”

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