By Natalie Kahn
Beacon Reporter 

HB 1310 in Edmonds: Only when necessary

New law lays out guidelines for when police can use physical force


Last updated 8/12/2021 at 10:36am

Edmonds PD

Edmonds Police Sgt. Ryan Speer applies handcuffs on a suspect.

On a July 25, Edmonds police officers rushed to a 911 call about a man kicking a home's front door. Soon after, an officer spied a man walking on a nearby street who matched dispatch's description. The officer trailed him in his squad car.

The suspect suddenly took off, and the officer watched as he ran away. Police did not locate the man.

That same day, a dozen police reform bills Washington state legislators passed this spring became law.

According to Sgt. Josh McClure, Edmonds' acting assistant chief of police, the officer chose not to command the man to stop because of one of those law...

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