Norma Gallegos appointed to state panel on police violence

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OLYMPIA — North Central Washington resident Norma Gallegos is one of 11 people appointed to a state advisory panel on police violence.

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the board members of the Office of Independent Investigations, a newly created department that investigates police use of force. The office springs from House Bill 1267, passed last spring as part of a series of police reform bills approved by the Legislature and signed by Inslee.

Gallegos is one of four representatives of the general public on the board, which also includes prosecutors, police representatives and tribal members. She’s an immigration services coordinator living in Leavenworth, and the sister of the late Saul Gallegos, a Chelan County sheriff’s deputy killed by a suspect in 2003.