Police reform bill could bring Washington state to forefront of accountability movement

SEATTLE — As police reform advocates look to sustain this summer’s public outrage, the state Legislature is taking a second look at overhauling Washington’s peace officer decertification system.That certification is required to be an officer in Washington, and revoking it can permanently take away a cop’s badge and gun.But due to weaknesses in the process, the state rarely takes that action, decertifying an average of 13 per year of the about 11,000 officers statewide, according to a recent Seattle Times investigation.A proposal being circulated by a key lawmaker would give more power to civil…

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