State GOP bills seek to restore law enforcement capabilities

Republican lawmakers have already introduced several bills seeking to undo law enforcement restrictions that were removed by Democratic legislation in 2021.

TWO BILLS WILL ‘RESTORE’ POLICE PROSECUTION, USE OF FORCE IF NECESSARY

Republican House Representative Jim Walsh (Aberdeen) introduced two bills this session, House Bill (HB) 1588 and HB 1589.

HB 1588 would restore the right of a “peace officer” to engage in a vehicular pursuit of a suspect when there is reasonable suspicion that he has committed a crime. This bill has 21 GOP sponsors, including 8th District (tri-cities) Reps. Matt Boehnke and Brad Klippert.

HB 1589 would restore an officer’s right to use force to take a suspect into custody, it removes the troublesome “probable cause” put in place by the Democrats. This gives officers much closer leeway than they had in the past. This bill also has at least 16 GOP sponsors, including Boehnke and Klippert.

2021 CRIME BILLS CAUSED SPIKES IN VIRTUALLY EVERY CATEGORIES

We’ve reported stories where officers had to practically “let a suspect go” because they would be breaking one of the new laws restricting when and how they can pursue suspects. We also saw where the town of Kennewick had to “park” its 37MM beanbag gun in favor of borrowing Pasco’s 20MM gun because the legislature deemed the 37MM “too lethal” .

These bills will face an uphill battle, but with WA’s crime rate skyrocketing over the past year, a surprising number of Democratic lawmakers are straying from their previous “soft on crime” stance because that THEIR districts are experiencing spikes in crime.

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