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By Juan Morfin
Washington State Journal 

Standards for police pursuits, use of force, defined


Last updated 3/10/2022 at 9:59am

Police can pursue and stop vehicles if they have a “reasonable suspicion” of a crime being committed under new legislation that is headed to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee.

The Washington State House of Representatives voted 86-12 in favor of SB 5919 Friday, March 4, with bipartisan support. The Senate previously voted in favor of the same bill early last month.

This legislation reverses current law, which cites “probable cause” as sufficient reason to engage in a vehicular pursuit. Under SB 5919, however, “reasonable suspicion” will be enough to allow an officer to engage in a veh...

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