An anti-police activist was named to a vacant school board seat in Olympia, Wash., and the public expressed mixed opinions about the move.
Former council candidate Talauna Reed spoke out against police after the death of George Floyd, saying “f*** the police” at a rally in 2021, KTTH’s Jason Rantz reported on Oct. 23.
“It amazes me how those piggies can sit over there and watch us talk peacefully about what we want. [to] change in this state. This surprised me. And they don’t care until we rip. So before we start, tear everything up in this fucking town until they do what we want them to do,” she told listeners.
Talauna Reed has just been appointed to the Olympia School Board. In July 2021, she railed against the cops and called on protesters to “rip everything up in this f****** town.” (WARNING: Language) pic.twitter.com/WgkoUJmvLI
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) October 22, 2022
Reed also claimed her aunt was “murdered” by police officers, but after the woman’s body was reportedly found outside a vacant home, officials said the cause of death was “trauma blunt in the abdomen with alcohol-related complications”.
Law enforcement reportedly found no evidence pointing to a crime.
After Reed was sworn in as a board member on Thursday, citizens shared their thoughts on the decision. Some were uncomfortable while others praised the decision, according to the Olympian:
Reed had previously come under fire from a group called the Olympia Fairness Alliance, made up of parents, teachers and residents who shed light on her criminal record and statements she has made in the past about police and other problems.
Olympia resident Alesha Perkins said she was surprised at the council’s decision to appoint Reed. She referred to Reed’s criminal history, which includes offenses of domestic violence, theft and embezzlement. She also referenced statements Reed made in 2021 regarding his views on policing.
In a social media post on Oct. 18, the Olympia School District announced Reed’s appointment to the position.
“She will serve a one-year term until December 2023,” the message read:
The Olympia School Board has unanimously agreed to appoint Talauna Reed to serve as District 2 Council Director…
Posted by Olympia School District on Tuesday, October 18, 2022
According to the district’s website, Reed works with homeless people and “facilitates training on cultural diversity, de-escalation, restorative justice models, anti-racism, and trauma-informed care across multiple organizations and in collaboration with other providers in Thurston County”.
“She hosts meetings in the community where she educates the public with tools to dismantle white supremacy to create a more equitable society,” the district said.