Washington Legislature gives final OK to police reform bills

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Legislature has given its final approval to two more key police accountability bills — one imposing restrictions on tactics and equipment, and another establishing a statewide standard on use of force. The bills were approved Friday with support from majority Democrats after a conference committee of the House and Senate reconciled differences in the versions previously passed by each chamber. Restrictions on tactics include a ban on chokeholds and neck restraints, and limits on how and when officers can use tear gas or engage in high-speed pursuits. The standards bill requires officers to exercise “reasonable care,” including using de-escalation tactics and the minimum force necessary.