Vigil for Dolal Idd in Tukwila shows solidarity with Somali Muslim community and demands change

by Elizabeth Turnbull

More than a week after Dolal Idd was shot dead by police in Minneapolis, around 150 people gathered outside the Tukwila Library on Sunday January 10 to honor the life of the Somali man and call for a change systemic.

Many speakers mourned the loss of another black life and spoke of the need for national law enforcement action. Shukri Olow, candidate for King County Council District 5, which encompasses part of southern Seattle, spoke as a member of the Somali Muslim community and as a mother herself.

“When I heard about what happened to Dolal, I couldn’t help but feel the pain of her mother, who fled the civil war to find a safe environment for her children” , Olow said. “I want you to think about fleeing a conflict… coming to safe shores so that your child will be killed by a system you don’t understand, a system that doesn’t see our humanity.”

King County Council District 5 candidate Shukri Olow speaks at the rally for Dolal Idd outside Tukwila Library. (Photo: Chloé Collyer)

Organized by Youth Voices for Justice – a group created in the spring of 2020 and made up of young activists and youth from the Tukwila area – the vigil was scheduled after Dolal Idd was shot dead by Minneapolis police less than a mile from where George Floyd was murdered by police in the spring of 2020.

Idd was shot and killed on December 30 by police after law enforcement blocked his car in a parking lot as part of an attempted gun stick. In 2019, Idd was convicted of possession and illegal use of a firearm. In 2018, he shot a gun in his parents’ basement shower with two children sleeping nearby, according to a report by The Star Tribune.

Of published body camera images from the night that Idd was fatally shot, it is difficult to see if Idd fired at law enforcement before being shot by police on multiple occasions. However, the Minneapolis Police Department account maintains that Idd fired first.

After police shot Idd down, officers from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension attended Idd’s parents’ home the same night, handcuffed Idd’s parents with plastic ties in the presence of children, and searched their house. In the end, law enforcement did not find any guns in the house and the family were not informed that their son had been killed until after the search.

Imam Abdullahi Jaranow leads a midday prayer (Asr) in front of the Tukwilia library before a rally for Dolal Idd. (Photo: Chloé Collyer)

As part of Sunday’s vigil in Tukwila, participants used chalk, among other things, to protest Idd’s death, writing “Justice for Dolal”, “Protect Black Criminals” and “Protect Men. black people ”, on the sidewalk in front of the Tukwila library. .

Organizers of the event focused on solidarity with members of the Somali and American Muslim communities, where Idd is from, as well as protecting community members at the local level.

Before the start of the march / rally, the participants held a Muslim prayer. (Photo: Maile Anderson)

“This rally is just for us, the Tukwila community coming together,” said a young activist organizer, who preferred to remain anonymous. Emerald. “I grew up in this neighborhood, and I care about this neighborhood, and I don’t want that kind of thing to happen here.”

At the Tukwila Justice Center, photos of other young people who died by police were on display. Flowers were also placed on a concrete wall. (Photo: Maile Anderson)

At 3:30 pm, the group of about 150 participants marched to the Tukwila Justice Center on South 144th Street, chanting, “No justice! No peace! Go after the police! and holding up signs saying, “Is it a crime to be a black Muslim in the United States?” And “Why do whites get a chance to breathe and we can’t?” “

Mohamed Abdi (left) and an anonymous protester (right) lead a crowd in a chant outside the new Tukwila Justice Center. (Photo: Chloé Collyer)

Similar to the demands activists are asking the Seattle Police Department, the Youth Voices for Justice group is demanding that the Tukwila Police Department be at least 50% funded, funds flow to BIPOC communities, and that the Tukwila justice center be replaced by a youth center for BIPOC youth.

“We want our city to invest in the BIPOC communities, we want them to invest in young people, we want them to invest in a youth center and we don’t want a justice center,” said the young activist. “We are here to stay, this is our city, this is our community. ”

Elizabeth Turnbull is a Seattle-based journalist.

Featured Image: A group of women participate in midday (Asr) prayers outside the Tukwila Library ahead of a rally for Dolal Idd. (Photo: Chloé Collyer)

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