THE WALLA WALLA UNION-BULLETIN
Town Hall, protest planned over
Walla Walla officer's 'SS' tattoo
Sunday, June 21, 2020
(Excerpts from the Union-Bulletin/Emphasis Added by MRFF)
A Walla Walla City Council work session Monday will lay the groundwork for a town hall meeting on law enforcement, its practices and the employment of a police officer whose tattoo has led to a call for his resignation.
The 5 p.m. session will include discussion on the potential format and schedule to be officially decided at Wednesday’s virtual City Council meeting, where a protest outside of the Walla Walla Police Department is scheduled to take place.
The protest was the recommendation of the
Military Religious Freedom Foundation
. The national nonprofit became involved after being contacted by a local resident
when attempts to reach the Walla Walla Police Department multiple times for a response to their concerns and efforts reportedly did not receive a response.
Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation
, said late last week a response had not been provided.
Weinstein’s organization in 2012 called for Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos to order an investigation of a photo that showed a group of Marines posed with their sniper rifles in front of a blue flag with white Nazi “SS” runes, according to Reuters news organization.
The picture had been taken in 2010 in Afghanistan and the photo’s description said the “SS” flag had been “adopted and used by the Marines in reference to scout sniper.”
The symbol was denounced by the Marine Corps, in part due to efforts from Weinstein’s organization