Saturday, August 6, 2016

Hale, Eid pleased DOJ will review fatal police shooting of Navajo woman, call for additional steps

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Albert Hale, D-St. Michaels (District 7), and former United States Attorney Troy Eid released these statements after the U.S. Justice Department announced it will further investigate the fatal officer-involved shooting of Loreal Tsingine, a 27-year-old Navajo woman. Recently, Maricopa County prosecutors decided not to file charges against the Winslow police officer.
Hale said:
“While I am grateful to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for their work on the initial investigation into this incident, I joined Navajo Nation community leaders in calling for an outside investigation. Former U.S. Attorney Eid and I called for an independent investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice when this tragic event first came to light. I am pleased that the Department of Justice has agreed to review this matter. It is a welcome next step and necessary in finding the answers to lingering questions that are persisting in our community.

“Ultimately, Winslow police officers and Navajo Nation police officers in Winslow should be cross-deputized to provide better awareness of Native people and nations. It is my understanding that the U.S. Department of Justice and the Navajo Nation Department of Justice already have an agreement in place to provide this kind of training. This should begin immediately. We must focus on solutions that prevent violence and bring our communities together.”

Eid added the following:

“As Rep. Hale and I said back in April, a federal civil rights investigation by the Justice Department is warranted, given this tragedy. This is also an opportunity to strengthen how the Winslow Police Department serves the needs of all its citizens, including the Dine’ and other Native Americans.”

A link to articles featuring more information about the shooting of Loreal Tsingine is available here,
Rep. Hale is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. He was born in Ganado and raised in Klagetoh, Arizona. He is Ashiihi (Salt), born for Todichiini (Bitter Water). His maternal grandparents are Hanaghani (Walk About clan). His paternal grandparents are Kiyanii (Tall House clan). He is a 1969 graduate of Fort Wingate High School, a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school located east of Gallup, New Mexico. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona (1973), and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1977), and an honorary Juris Doctor degree from Phoenix School of Law (2012).  He is the former President of the Navajo Nation.