The City of Sammamish and the Sammamish Police Department strongly condemn any violence and hate towards the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. The increase of bias-related incidents regionally and nationally in the past year is disturbing and cannot be tolerated. While we have not had any reported cases in the City of Sammamish, we encourage anyone who experiences or witnesses a bias-related incident to call 9-1-1 to ensure the incident is handled properly. We understand the reluctance to report these incidents, but it is imperative that we stand against violence and hate, and this is the first step. Together, we must stand with the AAPI community with support and protection.
“The spike in hate crimes across the country is troubling. I want the AAPI community to know that we stand with them in solidarity. Hate has no place in our community and any reported incidents will be handled properly,” says Dan Pingrey, Sammamish Police Chief.
“Sammamish is a very diverse community; 31% of our residents are Asian,” says City Manager Dave Rudat. “The AAPI community is a large and vibrant part of Sammamish. It is our priority to make sure the AAPI community is welcomed and protected where they live, work, shop, worship and attend school.”
For more information on bias-related incidents and reporting non-emergency incidents, please visit the City’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion page: https://connect.sammamish.us/equity-diversity-inclusion.
For more information on King County’s Coalition Against Hate, visit https://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/equity-social-justice/Coalition-Against-Hate-And-Bias.aspx.
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