Disability Rights Washington is proud to be a member of the Washington Coalition on Police Accountability (WCPA), a community coalition working to center the voices of families affected by police violence and achieve meaningful changes in policing in Washington State.  Built on the work of De-escalate Washington and Initiative 940, the WCPA is involved in key, statewide legislative efforts, including creating an independent agency to investigate police use of force and banning dangerous practices like chokeholds, no-knock warrants and shooting at moving vehicles.

For more information, check out the WCPA website or follow WCPA on Facebook.

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Background:

De-Escalate Washington & Initiative 940

The Law Enforcement Training and Community Safety Act (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.

The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission has adopted rules addressing the training and independent investigation requirements of I-940.

Disability Rights Washington is proud to be a part of this ongoing work.