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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope this email finds you and your families well! Even though the Legislature adjourned on April 25, I'm your state representative year-round. In this e-newsletter, I will give you an update on the police reform legislation passed during the 2021 session and the unintended consequences of these policies.

I know all of us don't always agree on everything all the time, but please know, I still value hearing from you! I enjoy our respectful dialogues, even when we don't agree on the issues. I'd like to hear your thoughts, concerns, and questions on the issues presented in this e-newsletter, and other issues involving your state government. My contact information is below.

Before I get started, I'd like to extend my sincere condolences to the Brown family who recently lost their hero, Detective Sergeant Jeremy Brown of the Clark County Sheriff's Office. He lost his life fighting for, and protecting, his community. My thoughts and prayers are also with all the Clark County Sheriff's Office as they deal with the loss of this valiant defender of justice. And to all my brothers and sisters in law enforcement across our state, who go to work each day as the protectors of public safety in our communities never knowing if that day may be their last, THANK YOU for your service!

Push for police reform and the unintended consequences

One of my main focuses and deep concerns throughout the 2021 legislative session was the extreme push to reform how law enforcement agencies protect and serve their communities throughout Washington state. Every piece of legislation that passed this session will make our officers and the communities they serve less safe.

At a time when crime and violence continues to rise in this state, and across the nation, now is not the time to be taking effective public safety tools and response protocols away from our law enforcement officers who are tasked to protect and serve us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

On July 25, 2021, House Bills 1054 (establishing requirements for tactics and equipment used by law enforcement officers) and 1310 (concerning permissible uses of force by law enforcement and corrections officers) – amongst others – became state law.

The unintended consequences of these new laws are already being felt by law enforcement personnel, first responders (such as firefighters), municipalities/local governments, and citizens across our state.

Here are a few examples of what we're beginning to hear and see as a result of these terrible bills:

For more in-depth information on these polices, please bookmark this website. You can find it by clicking here.

Next steps: I implore the governor and majority Democrats to immediately call a special session

As a law enforcement officer who also serves as a legislator, I see firsthand how these laws are already not working and how our communities continue to become less safe.

I'm actively working to change the language in these new laws. It's imperative that we as a community and the legislative body take immediate action to remedy these problems and unintended consequences caused by these new laws. We cannot wait until the 2022 session begins in January. WE NEED TO ACT NOW! I implore the governor and majority Democrats to immediately call a special session so the Legislature can address these issues by passing proper and more reasonable reforms that will allow law enforcement officers to stop crime and enforce the laws intended to keep the public safe.

As always, thank you for the opportunity and the honor to serve you, your family, and our communities as your State Representative.

May God richly bless you all!

Sincerely,


Brad Klippert

State Representative Brad Klippert, 8th Legislative District
RepresentativeBradKlippert.com
122A Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
brad.klippert@leg.wa.gov
(509) 317-8471 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000