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By Lou Marzeles

One accuses sheriff of racism and call for defunding ofof the department


A petition demanding the defunding of the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office has completed collecting signatures and has been submitted to the county commissioners’ office. It pointedly accuses Sherriff Bob Songer of racism and negligence in refusing to follow the law.

The petition ended up with more than 400 signatures from county residents and “30 concerned neighbors,” it wrote.

“We need to reimagine public safety in order to prioritize community health and anti-racism practices, rather than defaulting to the Sheriff’s ineffective leadership to solve our community’s problems,” the petition avows. Later, it cites what it calls Songer’s racism and negligence: “Sheriff S...

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