UW News

December 21, 2023

UW statement regarding the outcome of the University of Washington Police Department employment trial

We are disappointed in the decision reached by a King County Superior Court jury today in a racial harassment and retaliation case brought by four former officers and one current UWPD officer. Our attorneys are reviewing options for our next steps, including the potential for an appeal.

The University of Washington is committed to providing a safe, secure and welcoming working environment for all staff. This case alleged issues that took place largely under previous leadership and went unreported through official channels. The allegations of racial harassment and retaliation are deeply disturbing and counter to the UW’s commitment to fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. We are confident that under UWPD’s new leadership — including a new Chief of Police and new leadership team — the department will remain focused on mission-driven service, continuous improvement, building meaningful relationships with the communities UWPD serves and ensuring the department lives up to its values of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence.

For more information, contact David Rey at drey94@uw.edu.