Please remember Jeanetta when talking about police reform

| June 30, 2020 1:00 AM

Citizens of our country have stood up and opened the conversation about police reform. Although North Idaho is not very diverse, racial profiling by the police exists here as well. We, here in Sandpoint, have witnessed an unnecessary killing of a citizen by the police.

In 2015, Jeanetta Riley was shot in front of the BGH. She was a 35-year-old pregnant Native American woman. She was 5-foot tall, 100 pounds. She had a knife, but the three police officers surrounding her chose to shoot rather than try to de-escalate or even taze or tackle her. They shot five times. Her life was a mess, but her life mattered. Every life matters. I, for one, don’t want to see this type of police action used or condoned in our town. If you want to know more, go online to

Please remember Jeanetta during these conversations about police reform.