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Washington Voters to Decide on Lowering Bar for Police Deadly Force Prosecutions

November 05, 2018  | 

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According to NBC News, voters in Washington will decide on Tuesday whether that state should lower the barrier to prosecuting police for use of deadly force.

Ballot initiative 940 would remove the state's malice requirement, which says prosecutors must prove an officer acted with "evil intent" when bringing criminal charges for killing in the line of duty.

Law enforcement organizations, say the proposal would put officers at risk.

Teresa Taylor, executive director of the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, said, "We cannot sit quietly by and not let voters know that the language in the current initiative is language that we cannot suggest they vote for."

The initiative was spearheaded by an organization called De-Escalate Washington, which raised at least $1 million in support and collected more than 350,000 voter signatures to get the initiative on the ballot.

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LAHeat @ 11/5/2018 3:06 PM

Unbelievable! This is a disgrace and will put officers at risk as they will hesitate when making life or death decisions (as if they are not doing that now). More than likely the de-escalation they want will surely happen in that police will simply respond to calls for service and all pro-active policing will cease- if it hasn’t already!

Jon Retired LEO @ 11/5/2018 8:44 PM

This is utter nonsense! Where do you suppose that the million dollars came from. I would give you three guesses and the first two do not count!

Trigger @ 11/6/2018 3:18 AM

Yes again those who are clueless in real world events are trying to control us who are in the trenches. Next we will be required to give a scumbags hugs, milk and cookies!!

Skiman94 @ 11/6/2018 7:11 AM

Wow. The beautiful state of Washington is going the way of Cali. Washington LEO's - Texas is a great place to work.

Dallas L.D. @ 11/6/2018 7:27 AM

Isaiah 5:20

Scott @ 11/6/2018 8:33 AM

That's what happens when you have a state run by activists and Communists...

Grey Bear @ 11/6/2018 10:55 AM

More nonsense that was unheard only a few years ago. If this misguided foolishness actually passes, then the LEO's in Washington should immediately take two actions: firmly go to a "score-keeper" mode only, no active intervention, and secondly, get the primary contact number for this group of cretins that initiated this travesty, put it on stickers, and pass them out and post them everywhere, advising people to call THEM if they are facing a crisis that has potential for bodily harm...since they think they're experts in de-escalation.

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