William Wingate and his golf club never completed his walk across Capitol Hill last summer in an incident that has sparked an SPD investigation and relegated an East Precinct officer to desk duty. This week, protesters are being asked to bring golf clubs to Cal Anderson Park next Saturday to complete Wingate’s walk in a rally designed to draw attention to “law enforcement’s racism against black males.”
The Walking While Black event is planned to begin at 2 PM next Saturday, February 7th:
“Walking While Black”
Always Dangerous Until Proven Otherwise
On Saturday, February 7th at 2:00p.m., you are invited to bring your Woods, Irons, Wedges and Putters and join us at Cal Anderson Park Shelterhouse, 1635 11th Avenue, for “Walking While Black” Always Dangerous Until Proven Otherwise
WE WALK to finish the interrupted walk of a 69 year old Black Veteran/Civil Servant who on July 9, 2014, grabbed his putter and set out on a brilliant summer day. A day that would forever change both he and this city we call home.
A full statement on the rally is here.
Seattle Police have not announced a timetable for a report from commander Capt. Pierre Davis about Officer Cynthia Whitlach’s actions in arresting Wingate, her social media activity, and the East Precinct brass decisions not to more seriously discipline the officer for her actions. The Stranger reports that the FBI has been asked to assist in a wider SPD investigation around the officer’s actions.