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‘This isn’t the department it claims to be’: Allegations of institutional racism in Tacoma police force

Earlier this week The Seattle Times published an investigation describing allegations of racism in the Tacoma Police Department, documented by a retired officer over two decades.

Valencia Brooks, a Black woman, worked for the department for 30 years. She filed 18 complaints and provided those records to senior investigative reporter Patrick Malone.

He talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about Brooks' career, her experience at the Tacoma Police Department and the records she provided.

Kirsten Kendrick has been hosting Morning Edition on KNKX/KPLU since 2006. She has worked in news radio for more than 30 years. Kirsten is also a sports lover. She handles most sports coverage at the station, including helping produce a two-part series on the 50th anniversary of Title IX and the ongoing series "Going Deep."
Vivian McCall is a reporter, producer and host at KNKX. Originally from Texas, Vivian spent the majority of her journalism career in Chicago. She loves having fun with sound and digging into cool science stories.