Senate Bill 5051 increases the membership of the Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) from 16 to 21 by adding additional civilian members, placing the number of law enforcement officers on the commission below a 50% majority. The Bill gives the CJTC new discretion to unilaterally suspend and revoke officer certification, reduces the burden of proof, and expands the grounds for mandatory removal and suspension of a police officer. It gives unparalleled authority over the careers and lives of law enforcement officers to a commission that can be controlled by people who may not understand the profession and responsibilities of law enforcement officers. This legislation endangers the lives of our police officers and the safety of our communities. The bill passed the state House of Representatives by a vote of 54 to 43. Signed by the Governor. Still, some GOP lawmakers had hoped that more substantial changes would be made to overturn the 2021 bills that House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox recently described as “extremely bad.” On July 25, 2021, various bills passed by the Washington Legislature and signed by Governor Jay Inslee went into effect regarding law enforcement and corrections officials in Washington State. Signs in the shape of headstones hang during a rally at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia, February 3, 2022. Each sign bears the name of a person who was killed by the police. The group behind the rally, the Washington Coalition for Police Accountability, fears lawmakers will reverse police accountability measures passed last year. (Melissa Santos/Crosscut) Other proposed changes are far less controversial and have garnered support from the Washington Coalition for Police Accountability, the group that includes Sonia Joseph and other family members of people who died at the hands of police. These measures include HB 1719 and HB 1735, bills that would clarify that police can use military equipment to use less lethal weapons and use physical force to obtain psychiatric treatment.

Democrats who helped pass police reform bills say they have traveled the state to hear from law enforcement, crime victims and affected families. Last year`s BLM protests led to important steps on police accountability, tax reform and environmental justice. But no one believes the job is done. Democrats who led last year`s police reform efforts describe the measures as relatively minor clarifications from last year`s laws, which they say have helped reduce deadly clashes with police across the state. House Bill 1054 prescribes a number of changes to police tactics and procedures. “I had to think long and hard about it because we hear all the time when someone gets hit in a police car because they didn`t comply or resist arrest or something like that,” Johnson said. But this is not the case; It literally says that the police can take someone into custody and have the ability to continue the investigation without the person leaving. In anticipation of the new laws, many police chiefs and sheriffs have publicly expressed concern that their officers will no longer be able to perform certain tasks, such as responding to mental health calls or prosecuting fugitive suspects. Washington state lawmakers are working on some changes to last year`s sweeping police reform laws. There is broad support for bills to clarify the use of less lethal munitions and the role of police in crisis calls.

Johnson said other measures put forward this year would maintain most of last year`s protections, including requiring officers to do their due diligence and try to de-escalate the situation before using force. Johnson was the lead sponsor of two of the most comprehensive police reform measures passed last year, House Bill 1054 and House Bill 1310. Others argue that many people — especially people of color — can flee the police, even if they have done nothing wrong for fear of police violence. “Because Bennie fled, police under HB 2037 would have the power to use force to arrest him,” she said. “I think the House Bill 2037 is an invitation to police abuse. Legislators should protect communities from unnecessary violence and not create more opportunities for police to harm people.â “].join(“”));l.close()}catch(m){b.src=a+`d.write(“`+loaderHtml().replace(/”/g,String.fromCharCode(92)+“`)+`)+`)+`)”);d.close();`} b.contentWindow.config=k;b.contentWindow.SCRIPT_ID=g},0)}}}(); window.usabilla.load(“”, “887EE51B0CA”); /*]]>{/literal}*/ Police 610 Law and Courts 434 “Someone leaving the scene right now doesn`t mean the police won`t find them, can`t find them, won`t have any information to find them,” he said. “None of these laws prohibit authorities from responding to calls,” Seattle Acting Police Chief Adrian Diaz wrote in a statement last week. “The idea that the ability to use force is a prerequisite for stopping investigations or responding to people in crisis is absurd.

Melissa Santos is a former cross-cutting journalist covering state politics and the legislature. House Republicans believe that police officers have already been held at a very high level, but they should not be held at an impossible level. A large majority of police officers are hard-working, dedicated and honourable professionals. And they risk their lives every day to protect our communities. If a police officer does not act in accordance with law enforcement expectations, he or she should be held accountable. The real consequences of this new law were recently illustrated in Puyallup, Washington.