Jennifer Shaw. For an ostensible police reformer, the kindest characterization I can offer is "counter-productive."
My first brush with Ms. Shaw was at the 2011 shitshow/town hall meeting on SPD reform that followed the John T. Williams shooting. The room was packed with righteously angry people, many of them members of the native american community, who had seen and were outraged by the dash-cam footage of the Williams shooting. And there was Ms. Shaw, actually saying w/a straight face
that police cameras are no good, and what we really need is better officer training
. I was completely stunned that an ACLU director would say such a thing, to that particular audience, in that particular context.
In 2012, members of the media, along w/open government activists actually succeeded in getting Olympia to consider clarifying the law regarding the release of police dash-cams. It's the vague wording of this particular law that SPD relies on to keep dash-cam videos secret. The legislature was receptive
; rep. Adam Kline called SPD's policy "not defensible" and Bruce Harrell was on board speaking for the City and then... Jennifer Shaw, speaking for the ACLU of WA, got the legislature to abandon the issue.
I wasn't just stunned or dumbfounded, I was pissed.
There was the director of the ACLU of WA actively intervening in favor of keeping police videos under wraps!
So it's not entirely a big surprise to me that once again, here we are, with Ms. Shaw throwing more effective police reformers than herself under the bus.
Why the ACLU keeps her around, I'll never know.