By Assunta Ng
Hundreds came to the Chinatown/International District to meet the new Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole. I was delighted and disappointed simultaneously.
Don’t get me wrong. I am impressed to have a woman leading an enforcement agency, and a leader who bears no airs, and is so down-to-earth. O’Toole also promoted a female of color to be one of her deputies.
The chief brought along three aides to Chinatown—all African Americans. I couldn’t help but wonder, where is the Asian American in her 10-member team?
To be fair, O’Toole has held her position only since June 23rd. The road ahead will be challenging. I hope the chief pays attention to the overall diversity of the police force. After all, Asian Americans are the largest minority in Seattle and King County. In fact, Asian Americans also overtook Hispanic Americans as the nation’s fastest-growing minority.
The Seattle Police Department needs to reflect the city it serves. Our community needs to see representation. Having role models will inspire our youth to join the department.
Chief O’Toole, please give Asian Americans a chance. (end)