1. HB 1054, the police tactics bill. : Jesse.Johnson@leg.wa.gov
Chokeholds & neck restraints.
Unleashed dogs for arrests and apprehension.
does not ban pepper spray.
Covering badge number.
HB 1054 – Police Tactics – Vehicles Requires Model policies by 12/21 for:
Prohibited unless all of these are present
“Violent offense” – Class A or some class B felonies, or
“Sex offense” – felonies, class A, B, C
Necessary to identifying or arresting
Risk of losing them greater than the risk of pursuit, and
Pursuit is authorized by a supervisor
Shooting at moving vehicle:
Necessary to prevent against imminent threat of serious injury from use of deadly weapon in the vehicle
HB 1054 – Police Tactics Ban Military Equipment:
The use or acquisition of military equipment is banned.
A review of data by the newspaper Atlanta Journal Constitution showed that military equipment correlated with more killings by police agencies.
This list includes armored vehicles, armed planes and drones, rockets, bayonets, grenades, missiles, guns and ammo 50 caliber or greater, and equipment that uses sound and energy to inflict pain and injury.
The equipment must be returned to the federal government or destroyed.
The ban includes:
Long Range Acoustic Hailing Device (LRAD)
Directed energy systems
Electromagnetic spectrum weapons
2. The use of force and de-escalation bill. HB 1310 : Jesse.Johnson@leg.wa.gov
The State-Wide Policy on Use of Force Sets Out the Requirement to Use the Least Amount of Force Necessary
Must avoid creating the need for force.
Must exhaust de-escalation tactics.
Must designate an officer to communicate (to avoid competing commands).
Must use minimum force necessary – taking into account youth, pregnancy, mental health crisis, under the influence, vulnerable adult, suicidal, limited English, in the presence of children.
Must end use of force as soon as necessity ends.
Must use less lethal force, and have it at the ready.
Police can only use deadly force
As a Last resort – when necessary to prevent serious bodily injury or death to the officer or others.
Revises the criminal defense statute so it is crystal clear that deadly force must be necessary.
Must look at the totality of the circumstances leading up to the use of deadly force.
It must be the last resort – when necessary to prevent imminent threat of serious bodily injury/death
Officers can respond to imminent threats with deadly force.
This aligns with our value on preservation of life and the proposed state-wide standard on de-escalation and duty of care.
3. The police officer accountability act. Civil Liability bill 1202: My-Linh.Thai@leg.wa.gov
Holds officers accountable by creating a way to pursue legal action for people harmed by police misconduct. Individuals can bring a lawsuit for misconduct including constitutional violations, torts, and violations of state law like KWW.
Holds police departments accountable by holding them liable for negligent hiring, training, supervising, and disciplining officers involved in misconduct.
Improves access to justice by allowing attorney fee and cost recovery if the victim is successful and wins their lawsuit against the police.
Authorizes the Attorney General’s office to investigate and bring suit, promoting fair police practices across Washington.
Removes obstacles to civil liability such as qualified immunity, which has undermined justice for even the most egregious acts of misconduct.
4. SB 5051/ HB 1082 Oversight and accountability act (de-certification): Jamie.Pedersen@leg.wa.gov
This proposal takes the very weak system in place now in Washington State and makes our police oversight one of the best in the country.
Changes the CJTC so that it is majority non law enforcement, with significant community membership.
Very important and key to getting impacted voices involved in policy making and oversight.
Requires decertification of police officers so they lose their licenses if they have serious misconduct.
Sets up mandatory reporting by local agencies, makes some offenses required decertification.
Real consequences for misconduct and real authority to the Criminal Justice Training Commission.
5. HB 1267 Independent criminal investigations : Debra.Entenman@leg.wa.gov
A state-wide entity to do criminal investigations of police use of deadly force, custodial injuries and deaths, and sexual assault by police.
A director of the new state wide investigation office who is non law enforcement.
A transition to a staff of non-law enforcement professional criminal investigators within five years.
Providing authority for the new investigation office to look at cases that occurred after 940 was enacted and to investigate any police-involved homicide from prior years.
An advisory board, with a super-majority community members. This board will provide hiring input for the director, and regular review of performance.