Radio Report: Republicans press on to fix flawed Democrat anti-police reforms, restore public safety


Legislative Republicans are pushing bills through both the House and Senate that would help fix flawed anti-police bills passed by Democrats last year that have made communities less safe. John Sattgast reports.

 Radio Report Transcript

SATTGAST: Lawmakers in the state House approved a bill Saturday that would provide a clear definition of the use of physical force when law enforcement detains a suspect. Kennewick Representative Brad Klippert said, while it doesn't go far enough, House Bill 2037 is a step in the right direction.

KLIPPERT: “Let's make this bill better as we move it across the rotunda so that our law enforcement officers are empowered and enabled to keep our communities safe.”

SATTGAST: Sumner Republican Representative Eric Robertson says more work remains to the fix the problems, such as passing his legislation. House Bill 1788 would once again allow police to pursue criminals who take off when the red and blue lights come on.

ROBERTSON: “The change would be with reasonable suspicion for several different types of crimes, they would have the ability to, when it is safe, pursue those criminals and apprehend them.”

SATTGAST: Another solution is Senate Bill 5919, which clarifies when law enforcement can use physical force, and amends when a police officer may pursue a vehicle.

House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox says Republicans will continue to push forward with real solutions, such as the Safe Washington plan, to fix the flawed police bills Democrats passed last year.

WILCOX: “We want to preserve the tools that are necessary for police to keep us safe.”

SATTGAST: John Sattgast, the state Capitol.

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