Late on January 28th, 2016, Jackie Salyers and Kenneth Wright Jr sat in Jackie’s car. When police spotted Wright, wanted on multiple charges, they approached the vehicle to apprehend him. From here it is hard to figure out what happened. According to the police, it was at this time that Jackie, a Puyallup woman with no previous police record, attempted to run these officers down. In reaction, Officer Scott Campbell pulled out his gun and opened fire to shoot and stop Jackie. During this encounter, Wright was able to hop out of the car with a rifle and flee the scene.
The police account has left Jackie’s family with many questions that put serious doubt on the official story. Did Jackie try to run down an officer? How did shooting her stop the vehicle? If her vehicle was coming towards Campbell, how did she end up with a bullet in the side of her head? At what point and how was Jackie’s arm broken?
With so much unanswered, Jackie’s family is asking for a new investigation and the prosecution of Scott Campbell for her murder. On March 16th, 2016, member’s Jackie’s family, the Puyallup Tribe, the Tacoma community, and many others gathered to march and demand answers and justice for Jackie Salyers. The march left from the Puyallup Tribal Administration building and went to the Federal Courthouse in downtown Tacoma. This audio is from that march.
This project was produced by Ryan A Tompkins. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.