Washington State Police Reform

The Washington State Legislature has passed sweeping police reform laws as community policing policies and practices have been placed under scrutiny. A handful of police reform bills were passed during the 2021 legislative session and beginning on July 25.The law aims to reduce use-of-force usage by police and limit the amount of physical force necessary. Some of measures included in the bill will:

Prohibit the use of neck restraints and chokeholds

Ban no-knock warrants

Limit the use of tear gas

Require uniformed officers to be identifiable by name tag.

House Bill 1054 includes measures intended to reform police tactics, including:

Prohibiting the use of neck restraints and chokeholds.

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