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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.
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Resources

News Release, Published: 
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
ACLU comment on Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai backing a European Union proposal imposing a five-year ban on the use of face recognition in public spaces.
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Tuesday, January 7, 2020
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Monday, October 21, 2019
A brief timeline of the struggle for true police accountability in Seattle
News Release, Published: 
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
A coalition of over 30 community organizations is demanding that the City of Seattle abandon plans to hire new, out-of-state consultants and instead collaborate with the Community Police Commission (CPC) and Monitor to bring the Seattle Police Dept. (SPD) back into full and effective compliance on the issue of accountability with the federal consent decree agreed upon more than seven years ago.
News Release, Published: 
Monday, June 24, 2019
ACLU Reaction to Seattle Mayor’s Office Statement Regarding Status of City’s Compliance with Federal Consent Decree

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