FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | April 2, 2021
MARYSVILLE, WA -- The Marysville Police Department continues to receive inquiries into the racial hatred incidents that occurred in our community in December 2020 and January 2021. The public focus at this time is on the investigation that the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office conducted at the request of my agency. I want to update the Marysville community that this investigation is now complete. The Major Crimes Detectives from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office have referred this case to the Snohomish County Prosecutor with a recommended charge of hate crime, RCW 9A.36.080(7). The Sheriff’s office can answer further questions on their investigation.
The Marysville Police Department has been in regular proactive communication with members of our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color) community even before these crimes occurred. Our involvement in community meetings to address hate and racism in our community signifies our firm commitment to work with our community to call out racism and hate when we see it and address racism appropriately with criminal and other consequences when appropriate.
We are committed to standing shoulder to shoulder with members of our BIPOC community to help support and amplify their voices and leadership in matters related to race and equity. We will continue to take a strong stance in addressing hate and racism and supporting a safe community.
Chief Erik Scairpon