Initiative 940, De-Escalate Washington, aims to improve police training in de-escalation tactics, mental health, and the rendering of first aid. It also removes Washington State’s de facto immunity from prosecution for unjustified use of deadly force by police. Washington is the only state in the country with a law like this— it has been roundly criticized by community members, elected officials and even prosecutors.
On November 6, 2018 Initiative 940 passed with strong support. Learn more here.
Supporters of De-Escalate Washington submitted more than 350,000 signatures in support of the initiative on December 28, 2017. The Washington State Secretary of State certified I-940 on January 23, 2018. With certification, the initiative is referred to the State legislature for consideration. The House and Senate can pass the initiative, propose an alternative policy, or take no action, which would result in I-940 moving on to the November 2018 ballot.
You can access the full text of the initiative, learn more about the diverse coalition working to pass it, and find a growing list of endorsers here.
Disability Rights Washington is proud to be a part of the the Leadership Team for De-Escalate Washington.