A Washington State school board has filled a vacancy with a woke activist who last year was filmed outside the state capitol labelling police ‘pigs’ and said ‘f**k the police.’
During the video Talauna Reed, 46, also told a crowd of people gathered for the demonstration to ‘tear everything up in this f**king city,’ referring to the state’s capital city of Olympia.
Reed will be filling a position on the Olympia School Board that was made vacant in August and was sworn into her new position last Thursday.
Her engagement in local activism was prompted when in 2018 her aunt Yvonne McDonald was found dead on an Olympia street. Reed has alleged that McDonald was murdered and the city covered up the crime.
No arrests have been made in the case. Police said she died of blunt force trauma to her abdomen, with complications related to alcohol.
She ran for the city council last year but was unsuccessful, securing around 40 percent of the vote.
The school board said in a press release that it interviewed six candidates for the position, but ultimately awarded it to Reed.
During a demonstration outside the state capitol Talauna Reed, 46, told the crowd to ‘tear everything up in this ‘f**king city,’ referring to Olympia, Washington, where she has been appointed to a school board
Reed was sworn onto the board last Thursday and will remain in the position until December 2023
During the controversial clip that has caused Reed to be labeled ‘anti-police’, she is seen standing under a canopy and addressing a crowd.
‘It amazes me how those pigs can sit over there to watch us peacefully talk about what we want to change in this state,’ she said.
Reed became involved in activism in 2018 after the mysterious death of her aunt Yvonne McDonald. In the controversial video Reed asks the crowd to chant her name
‘It amazes me. And they don’t pay attention until we tear s**t up. So, before I get started, tear everything up in this f**king city until they do what we want them to do.’
Earlier in the short clip Reed asks the crowd to say aloud the name of two women. First was Breonna Taylor, a black medical worker who was shot and killed by police officers in Kentucky in 2020, causing protests throughout the US.
The second woman was Yvonne McDonald – a black woman and Reed’s aunt who was mysteriously found dead in 2018 by a street sweeper in west Olympia.
Activists have argued that the city’s investigation of the 58-year-old McDonald was insufficient and improper, alleging that they are either ‘incompetent or they are covering something up,’ the group Justice for Yvonne McDonald said in a press release.
Reed has personally said she believes that the police ‘know something’ and they were ‘protecting their employee’. She has alleged that the death of her aunt was a murder and called for the street sweeper, Henry Morales, who found her aunt dead to resign.
In a separate video Reed can be heard chanting: ‘Fire Henry Morales’.
Reed was one of six candidates interviewed for the position by the school board. She also gave a presentation focused on an equity policy the school district is currently working on
Reed was described as ‘an outspoken community organizer’ by local news outlet KOMO News. According to a recent press release from the school board Reed has worked as an Advocacy Navigator at Interfaith Works, a group that helps homeless people.
‘Reed facilitates training in Cultural Diversity, de-escalation, restorative justice models, anti-racism and trauma-informed care across multiple organizations and in collaboration with other Thurston County providers,’ the statement says.
‘There’s a lot of classism in the school district and there’s a lot of exclusion,’ Reed said during a presentation to the board. Hers focused on an equity policy the school district is currently working on.
‘I know students feel shut down and isolated,’ she said. ‘There’s probably a lack of teachers from different ethnicities in the state of Washington but I know they’re round – they’re somewhere.’
She will serve a one-year term until December 2023.