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Law enforcement must protect both public safety and the rights of individuals. This is why arrests and use of force should be last resorts, not first options, for police. The ACLU-WA advocates for stronger laws regulating police use of force, alternatives to arrest and incarceration, and de-escalation practices and training. And to ensure law enforcement is accountable to the people they serve, the ACLU-WA works for greater community oversight, such as independent civilian review boards with disciplinary authority.


Monday, December 26, 2022
Automated decision systems, technologies that make or help make decisions about people, can have life or death impacts especially when used in the context of policing.
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
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Friday, March 4, 2022
These bills are a dangerous step backward for Washington communities
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Saturday, February 12, 2022
Efforts to roll back last year’s critical reform bills have been made without input from communities.
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Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Today, the Washington State Senate passed Senate Bill 5919, a bill that expands law enforcement’s ability to use physical force.