Hundreds of community members gathered with Suquamish and members of other area tribes in Poulsbo’s Waterfront Park near a memorial created for a Native American man who was shot and killed by local Poulsbo police officer Craig Keller at the annual July 3 Independence Day gathering.
The group said prayers, played tribal drums and sang traditional songs, then marched through downtown to City Hall, where family members and friends paid tribute to Stonechild Chiefstick, who was said to be behaving strangely and brandishing a screwdriver at the crowded event where police shot him.
Chiefstick’s mother said, “I’ve lost a lot of people in my life. This kind of mourning is something different.”
Chiefstick had five children, all of whom were peacefully protesting their father’s killing at the hands of Poulsbo police and asking for answers that have not yet been delivered by the Kitsap Critical Incident Response Team, a multi-agency group charged with investigating the shooting.
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