SEATTLE (AP) — Voters in Washington state have approved a measure designed to make it easier to prosecute police for negligent shootings.
Initiative 940 is designed to improve police training in de-escalation tactics and eliminate a requirement that prosecutors prove officers acted with malice to get a conviction in negligent shootings.
The initiative sponsor, De-Escalate Washington, submitted the measure to the Legislature this year. Lawmakers passed I-940 and a compromise version preferred by lawmakers, activists and police groups. The state Supreme Court ruled that I-940 in its original form would go on the November ballot while the compromise wouldn’t.
Initiative sponsors have said they’re focused on getting the measure passed and then expect to work with police groups and others on compromise language.