Yakima council will revisit public safety ordinance

Yakima council will revisit public safety ordinance

Yakima city council avoiding a lawsuit tonight.

The council voted to allow efforts to create an unwritten police policy to not ask residents about immigration status.

Columbia Legal Services, a local nonprofit law firm threatened the city saying it violated the open public meeting act during a previous meeting in April.

“Council is going to do the right thing and that is take a vote with the community present and the community on notice, we are just so pleased with that result and that’s the problem with what took place on April 4, they didn’t do that they took a vote against the inclusive policing ordinance without letting the community know,” said Columbia Legal Services Attorney Lori Isley.

The council voted 4 to 3 to take a step toward resuming discussion of the policy.

The discussion is now scheduled for the council’s July 11th meeting.