|LWVWA endorses Initiative 940,
At its August meeting, the LWVWA Board voted to endorse Initiative 940, De-Escalate Washington! This
statewide initiative is seeking to update and improve law enforcement training
and community safety. In the words of the campaign, “It-
- Requires training for violence de-escalation, mental
health, and first aid.
- Provides that police should render first aid at the
- Applies a good faith standard for use of deadly force
and removes the de facto immunity.
- Requires completely independent investigations of use
of deadly force when there is injury or death.
- Brings diverse community stakeholders to the table for
the development of standards and curriculum.
- Includes Tribal governments in investigations where a
tribal person was injured or killed.”
League is excited to endorse this initiative and we need your help to
get the required signatures to send this measure to the 2018
Legislature. Once it is in the hands of Legislators, their action can
make it law, or their inaction will put it on next year's ballot, or
they can write their own law (and both measures will be on the ballot).
We are forming a statewide committee to take on
various aspects of this work-from signature gathering to writing press
and everything in between. If you want to be involved with this
contact Heather Kelly (email@example.com)
and Nikki Hurley (firstname.lastname@example.org;
410-300-6195) to find the
best way to get plugged in. If you want to volunteer directly for the campaign
or work only intermittently on this project, you can check out the events
calendar on the I-940 website to find an event near you: http://www.deescalatewa.org/calendar.
get to work!
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