Initiative 940, which was run through the De-Escalate Washington campaign and passed into law in 2018, improves 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.
On November 6, 2018 Initiative 940 passed with strong voter support statewide. Learn more here.
During the 2019 legislative session, additional changes to the initiative were made with the support of both community advocates and law enforcement. The legislation reflecting these changes (HB 1064) was the first bill to be signed into law by Governor Inslee in 2019.
We are now in the rule making phase. The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission has adopted rules addressing the training requirements of I-940 and is currently working on rules regarding the requirement for independent investigations of police use of deadly force. There will be a series of community forums this fall to gather input on these rules. For more information follow DRW on facebook.
Disability Rights Washington is proud to be a part of this ongoing work.