The package of new laws aimed at reform and accountability were signed by Gov. Jay Inslee in May and go into effect Sunday, July 25.
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state lawmakers said a series of police reform laws going into effect Sunday, July 25, will make the state a safer place. But police say they are concerned and confused by some of the new legislation.
The dozen bills were signed by Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Washington, in May. Sponsors said the laws would limit the use of deadly force and hold officers accountable when they use excessive force.
“There's a real concern that it could increase crime, and it could increase reckless driving, traffic fatalities,” said Steven Strachan, executive director of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.
The bills include bans on chokeholds, neck restraints and “no-knock” warrants. The incoming laws will also limit when police can chase after someone and when …