focusing on legislated bills 1054 (police tactics) and 1310 (use of force).
One of the impacts to the Federal Way community is the police tactics bill (HB
1054), which significantly changes the basic requirements of all police pursuits. The enacted new requirements and explicit restrictions will virtually eliminate all police pursuits in Washington state. Moving forward, officers must have "probable cause" to believe that a person in the fleeing vehicle has committed a specified violent crime, which is a very high standard and nearly impossible to meet while responding to a 911 emergency call for help. An officer responding to the scene of a robbery or shooting may see a fleeing suspect vehicle and may have "reasonable suspicion," but cannot pursue it because probable cause is not usually developed in the initial phase of an incident, which means more suspects will get away.
Another significant change is with the new use of force law (HB 1310). The impact of this
reduces police interaction with non- compliant members of the public, whic no doubt have a direct impact to public
Democrats making crime legal in the name of
racial justice. Time for wild west days. - Democrats making crime legal in the name of racial justice. Time for wild west days.