In Seattle, legislation has been passed that is harming the Seattle Police Department's ability to protect and serve the community. Bill 1310 requires police officers to use the least amount of force necessary and limits when police can pursue a suspect. Bill 1054 bans law enforcement from using "military equipment" such as .50-caliber ammunition or greater.
The Seattle City Council has failed their constituents by passing these anti-police laws. They have effectively stopped law enforcement from protecting Seattleites from crime in their communities.
"During the last legislative session, the majority dropped the ball on public safety," said state Sen. Mike Padden, R- Spokane Valley, at a press conference. "They systematically removed some critical tools for law enforcement, reduced punishment for criminals and missed opportunities to protect the public."Source
In response, Republican lawmakers are proposing legislation aimed at reforming what they call "anti-policing" laws, with a package of 22 bills introduced in the House and 21 introduced in the Senate. These bills primarily take aim at HB 1310 and HB 1054.
Seattleites need to be protected, and these anti-police laws are preventing the Seattle Police Department from doing their job. The Republican lawmakers' Safe Washington package of bills is a much needed step in the right direction to ensuring that Seattleites are safe in their communities.
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