Although this was released by the West Richland Police Department, these laws will affect all Police Departments across Washington state.

Thursday West Richland Chief Ben Majetich published a list of the most 'impactful' of the new laws, there were a dozen listed.

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These new laws will have to start being worked into Police procedures. They include:

  • HB-1267 Concerning investigation of potential criminal conduct arising from police use of force, including custodial injuries, and other officer-involved incidents.
  • SB-5051 Concerning state oversight and accountability of peace officers and corrections officers.
  • HB-1054 Concerning Establishing requirements for tactics and equipment used by peace officers.
  • HB-1310 Concerning permissible uses of force by law enforcement and correctional officers.
  • SB-5066 Concerning a peace officer's duty to intervene.
  • SB-5263 Concerning defenses in personal injury and wrongful death actions where the person injured or killed was committing a felony.
  • HB-1088 Concerning potential impeachment disclosures.
  • HB-1140 Concerning juvenile access to attorneys when contacted by law enforcement.

The bulk of these, according to critics, will only cause more second-guessing of law enforcement, and perhaps hinder their ability to make split-second or necessary on-site actions to prevent or deal with crimes.

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