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Washington state woman who once called cops ‘pigs’ appointed as school director

Washington state woman who once called cops 'pigs' appointed as school director

A Washington state woman, an activist against police brutality, has been chosen to fill a director vacancy on a city school board despite her July 2021 video, in which she was seen to have called cops “pigs.”


Talauna Reed was sworn in on Thursday, October 27, during an Olympia School Board meeting. She was chosen earlier this month by the Olympia School Board to fill the position of board director for District 2.

A video of Reed speaking to a crowd outside the state capitol in July 2021 has been making the rounds online since her appointment.

Reed was seen in the video yelling “f— the police. She said that Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency medical worker was killed by police during a March 2020 “no-knock” drug raid on her home.


Additionally, Reed’s 58-year-old aunt Yvonne McDonald was discovered dead by a street sweeper in 2018. Reed said that both murders were carried out by the police, and that the agency covered them up.

Reed says, “It amazes me how those pigs can sit over there to watch us peacefully … talk about what we want changed in this state.” “And they don’t pay attention until we tear s— up. So, before I get started, tear everything up in this f—ing city until they do what we want them to do,” she added.

Olympia School District: Why We Chose Talauna Reed

The Olympian states that rather than being voted in, candidates for board seats that open up between elections go through a round of interviews with the school board.

In addition to “her advocacy and experience working with marginalized individuals in our community,” Olympia school district said Reed was picked among other candidates based on the content of her answers throughout the interview process.

Per Olympia school district, Reed demonstrated during the interview process that she is a dedicated and thoughtful advocate for the students in the school district. “We are eager to work with her to address important equity and inclusion issues in our school district. She will, in our judgment, be a crucial voice and partner going forward.”

Many people applauded her appointment during her swearing-in on Thursday, while others expressed concern over her prior comments.

Reed responded that it was everyone’s right to show up for public comment, just as it was her right “to fight against police brutality.”




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