Everett police won’t ask crime victims’ immigration status

EVERETT — Everett’s City Council on Wednesday passed a resolution that declared Everett to be inviting, equitable and safe place for everyone.

The measure was first introduced Nov. 30 after Mayor Ray Stephanson said that some had expressed concern for their safety after reports of incidents of harassment and discrimination following a divisive election.

Police Chief Dan Templeman also reiterated the Everett Police Department’s policy, which states that officers would not inquire into the immigration status of victims of crime. There were no such restrictions concerning those who are arrested and booked for committing crimes, however, he said.

City councilwoman Cassie Franklin, who initiated the resolution, said in many ways, it was stating what should be apparent, but that people from immigrant communities needed to not fear deportation just for reporting a crime. “We are restating it because there are a number of people in our community who will not report to law enforcement,” Franklin said.

The measure passed 5-0. Councilwomen Brenda Stonecipher and Judy Tuohy were absent.

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