• State v. Nelson

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    The Sarey family and community's journey to gain justice 

    1

    May 31st, 2019

    The murder of Jesse Sarey by Auburn police officer Jeff Nelson

    2

    July 10th, 2019

    Celebration of Jesse's birthday and candlelight vigil--first community event

    3

    May 25th, 2020

    The murder of George Floyd--a catalyst for impacted families to speak out on police violence

    4

    June 2nd, 2020

    First Black Lives Matter speaking engagement in Auburn, WA, by foster mother Elaine Simons

    5

    June-August 2020

    BLM speaking engagements by the Sarey family in Renton, Tukwilla, Seattle, Auburn, Capitol Hill CHOP, and other locations

    6

    July 21st, 2020

    Change.org petition published to rally support in holding Auburn police department accountable for Jesse's murder

    7

    August 19th-20th, 2020

    King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office met with the Sarey family in a press conference to announce the arresting and charging of officer Jeff Nelson with the murder of Jesse Sarey

    8

    August 24th, 2020

    Arraignment of officer Jeff Nelson and press conference

    9

    September 21st, 2020

    First Dialogue for Peace meeting convened for Jesse

    10

    October 20th, 2020

    Court hearing--case continuance issued

    11

    November 17th, 2020

    Court hearing--trial date postponed

    12

    December 5th, 2020

    Court sign-off on continuance of State v. Nelson

    13

    December 6th, 2020

    Foster mother Elaine Simons publishes op-ed "The Silence is Maddening!" with the Forced Trajectory Project

    14

    January 20th, 2021

    Court hearing--trial date postponed

    15

    February 10th, 2021

    First Organizing Committee meeting for the Justice 4 Jesse Sarey Campaign

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    March 4th, 2021

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    March 23rd, 2021

    Case setting--hearing date postponed

    18

    April 25th, 2021

    Washington Coalition for Police Accountability press conference

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    May 18th, 2021

    Governor's signing of police reform bills in WA

    20

    May 31st, 2021

    Jesse's 2nd-year Angelversary candle-light vigil

    21

    June 3rd, 2021

    Court appearence for Jeff Nelson and press conference

    22

    June 3rd, 2021

    Community church spotlight of Jeff Nelson murder victims Jesse Sarey, Brian Scaman, and Isaiah Obet

    23

    June 17th, 2021

    Death of Nga Kari Sarey, mother of Jesse Sarey

    24

    July 9th-11th, 2021

    4th Annual Weekend of Remembrance by the Cordale Q. Handy Foundation in Minneapolis

    25

    July 15th, 2021

    Court hearing--defense's request that Nelson be taken off of EHM due to "personal hardship" was denied

    26

    August 28th, 2021

    Families Impacted by Police Violence Washington, D.C. March and Rally

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    September 17th, 2021

    Court hearing--defense's motion to extend the trial was denied

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    September 25th, 2021

    Publication of the Social Justice Sewing Academy Remembrance Project's Stitching Stolen Lives, featuring the Sarey Family

    29

    October 21st, 2021

    National news article on Jesse's case published by Associated Press

    30

    October 28th, 2021

    Court status update--defense requested continuance and murder trial extension was confirmed for June 2022

    31

    November 3rd, 2021

    Nelson's use of force history and "Brady Lists" is detailed in the Auburn Reporter

    32

    November 6th, 2021

    3-year anniversary of the approval of Washington I-940, which was signed into law on February 4th, 2019

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    November 10th, 2021

    Court update--ruling on the prosecution submitting new evidence

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    December 9th, 2021

    Court hearing--prosecution's request to subpoena Auburn records

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    January 11th, 2022

    Foster mother Elaine Simons testifies on police reform clarification House Bills #1735 and #1726

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    February 2022

    State v. Nelson murder trial originally set to begin before continuations

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    March 4th, 2022

    Court update--public disclosure of Nelson's tattoos that were taken as evidence

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    March 7th, 2022

    King County Inquest resumes after 5 years

    39

    April 1st, 2022

    Court hearing--update and hearing scheduling

    40

    April 29th, 2022

    Court hearing--murder trial date continuation

    41

    May 2nd, 2022

    Court hearing--murder trial date continuation

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    May 17th, 2022

    Conversation with the Sarey family virtual panel hosted by J4JS Campaign and various graduate student organizations

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    May 31st, 2022

    3-year Angelversary of Jesse

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    June 5th, 2022

    Wing Luke Museum opening, where the Jesse Sarey Memorial Quilt was dedicated

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    June 8th, 2022

    Court update--judge ordered redaction of many of Nelson's tattoos

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    June 27th, 2022

    State v. Nelson murder trial set to begin before further continuation

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    August 5th, 2022

    Wing Luke Museum opening, where the Jesse Sarey Memorial Quilt was dedicated

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    August 5th, 2022

    Death of Torell Sarey, brother of Jesse Sarey

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    August 31st, 2022

    Court hearing--judge ruled release of many images of Nelson's tattoos

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    October 7th, 2022

    Pre-trial hearing--goal to set new trial date before next scheduled court hearing on December 9th, 2022

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    June 11th, 2023

    Sarey family celebration of life in honor of Jesse Sarey, Isaiah Obet, and Brian Scaman

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    April 22nd, 2024

    State v. Nelson trial set to begin with in-person jury selection