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By Sydney Brown
Washington State Journal 

Use of police force elicits emotional testimony

 

January 21, 2021



A proposed ban on the use of chokeholds, unleashed K-9 dogs and other use-of-force tactics by law enforcement is just the beginning of an effort by several state lawmakers to address police violence and its impact on marginalized communities.

If passed, House Bill 1054 would ban several tactics, including the use of tear gas on civilians, shooting at or pursuing a vehicle, and the use of military-grade equipment by officers. Several community activists testified in a public hearing this morning saying these changes would address racism in policing, while some law enforcement officials said...



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