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VICTORY! - House Bill 2908 Becomes Law

Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing is Created

During the 2015-16 Legislative Session, 18 courageous legislators sponsored three bills addressing the use of force by law enforcement personnel.  The Black Alliance of Thurston County, led by Rev. Dr. Karen Johnson, was a prime mover supporting all three bills in coalition with 40 organizations and hundreds of individual supporters. Details on all three bills are linked at the right of this page.

The most ambitious proposal, House Bill 2907, was heard by the House Committee on Public Safety on February 3, 2016. This proposal would have directly amended state law on the use of deadly force, eliminating the egregious provisions that make it nearly impossible for prosecutors to charge when deadly force is used inappropriately by law enforcement.  

Although HB2907 stalled in committee, the massive turnout at the Feb. 9th hearing of the bill generated great momentum that advanced two related proposals, Senate Bill 6621 and House Bill 2908. Both bills proposed creating a task force to explore the use of deadly force.  Legislators, law enforcement, and community advocates worked to consolidate provisions of both task force bills into House Bill 2908 which ultimately passed the House unanimously and passed the Senate with only three dissenting votes. On April 1, 2016, Governor Jay Inslee signed HB2908 into law, creating the Joint Task Force. 

The Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing is tasked with:

  • Reviewing laws, practices, and training programs regarding the use of deadly force in Washington state and other states;
  • Reviewing current policies, practices, and tools used by or otherwise available to law enforcement as an alternative to lethal uses of force, including tasers and other nonlethal weapons; and
  • Recommending best practices to reduce the number of violent interactions between law enforcement officers and members of the public.

           More about the Joint Legislative Task Force

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