City response to racial tension in Shoreline

Thursday, August 13, 2020

From the City of Shoreline

The City is are aware that incidents between neighbors on 9th Ave NE in Ridgecrest have sparked racial tensions that have led to escalating conflict within the neighborhood. The City is committed to addressing and undoing racism. We support individual rights to free speech and stand opposed to words and actions that amount to hate speech. The City also equally values and takes its responsibility to support public safety seriously.

We hear the community’s concern that tensions are rising and worry about the possibility that the escalation could lead to someone being hurt. City staff are prepared to support efforts to de-escalate if invited to do so by the parties involved. We encourage residents to call 911 any time they feel their personal safety is threatened.

The City also would like to address reports that the Shoreline Police Department has not consistently responded to calls for assistance. We take these reports seriously and are actively reviewing our police response. The City’s expectation is that Shoreline Police provide an equitable response to everyone.

Finally, the City is also developing plans for a community dialogue about racial equity as it pertains to community safety and law enforcement in Shoreline. We want to hear from the community about their experiences and expectations about these issues. We want to learn more about the related experiences and expectations of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color in the Shoreline community. Only by improving our overall understanding can we effectively work in partnership with the community to develop strategies that will improve community safety for all.

The City of Shoreline stands firmly against racism. We all have a responsibility to undo racism, address inequality, and make change.


Cynthia August 13, 2020 at 6:07 PM  

This statement and approach shows that the people creating and approving this press release are clueless. Violent threats made by adult(s) to a child should have negative consequences for the adult bully. End of story. If the city has put money into diversity training, that money was wasted.

Anonymous,  August 14, 2020 at 4:51 AM  

Excellent response to an overheated issue. Folks need a time out to settle down and rethink their actions. Start fresh. Talk. Heal.

Anonymous,  August 15, 2020 at 5:28 PM  

I don't know what happened - I was not there. I am white myself, but I am appalled when I hear about mean people doing mean things to others. There is no need to hate based on skin, age, weight, height - whatever. No need. Be nice! Be helpful! If there is a maniac with an AK-47 pointed at a person, call 911. Otherwise just be calm, be the adult, and see how you can solve a disagreement.

Cynthia Sheridan August 15, 2020 at 10:28 PM  

As a reporter for the Shoreline Area News, I am not the Cynthia who made an online comment ( see above) I hope community resources are able to intervene and resolve the dispute between the neighbors... I believe better communication between the two parties enabled by a nuetral intervention could be helpful. . Sincerely Cynthia Sheridan Peaceful solutions and forgiveness (without blaming) are powerful and healing.

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