Our 2023 Priorities:

Peace Officer Accountability

Office of Special Prosecutor

Traffic Stops

Our 2022 Priorities:

HB 1202: Peace Officer Accountability

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1202&Year=2021&Initiative=false

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Peace officer accountability Act. Civil Liability and Monetary Damages for Breaching the Duties to De-escalate and Exercise Reasonable Care for Violations of the State Constitution. When a police officer harms someone without facing consequences, there is no justice for victims of police violence, no incentive to change bad behavior, community trust is eroded, and it makes everyone less safe.  Reforms are critically needed. This proposal establishes state law civil causes of action for damages and prohibits officers and their employers from raising qualified immunity as a defense. 

HB 1507: Office of Special Prosecutor – Rep. Debra Entenman

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1507&Initiative=false&Year=2021

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The Goal – Developing a Proposed Substitute for House Public Safety. A Completely Independent State-Wide Prosecutor: We support a framework to establish a state Office of Independent Prosecution (OIP) for the prosecution of law enforcement.

Vote ‘NO’ on HB 1726 https://sway.office.com/R8xe0jn4p5PJq8u8?ref=Link
The Washington State Legislature has introduced HB 1726, a bill that will gut last year’s critical police use of force legislation, which the state passed to reduce police violence. The Washington Coalition for Police Accountability (WCPA), a group of families directly impacted by police violence, opposes HB 1726 and the dangerous and unconstitutional standard it would set if enacted.

The WCPA Strongly Opposes HB 1788” which will roll back the 2021 enactment restricting vehicular pursuits.

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1788&Initiative=false&Year=2021

More information coming soon.

2021 Session

WCPA’s 20-21 priorities
HB 1054
HB 1310
HB 1267
SB 5051
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SHB 1054 – Police Tactics – Rep. Jesse Johnson
The police tactics legislation bans or restricts policing practices that historically have been used in a discriminatory manner, such as hot pursuits or chokeholds, or that are used to esca…
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SHB 1310- State-Wide Use of Force Policy – Rep Jesse Johnson
HB 1310 – Statewide Standard for De-escalation and a Duty of Care
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Independent Criminal Investigations SHB 1267 – Rep. Debra Entenman
We believe that it is not possible for police to investigate other police, and remain impartial as they interview witnesses, collect evidence, view video, examine blood splatter and ballistic…
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SB 5051/HB 1082- Oversight and Accountability – Senator Pedersen and Rep Goodman
• Changes the composition of the Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC), by making it majority non-law enforcement with 5 community members, with an overall 17-member commission. Strengthens licensing oversight at the CJTC with stricter standards for mandatory and permissive decertification (loss of professional license) for misconduct.
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