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Confusion Besets New Police Reform Laws In Washington State

SEATTLE (AP) – Washington state is embarking on a massive experiment in police reform and accountability following the racial justice protests that erupted after George Floyd’s murder last year, with nearly a dozen laws taking effect Sunday. But law enforcement officials remain uncertain about what they require, leading to discrepancies around the state in how officers might respond – or not respond – to certain situations, including active crime scenes and mental health crises. The legislation’s many provisions include bans on chokeholds, neck restraints and no-knock warrants. They require officers to intervene if their colleagues use excessive force, and they establish a new state agency to investigate police killings.

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