- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington House has passed a bill that would create a task force to study the use of deadly force by law enforcement in the state.

The bill cleared the chamber unanimously on Tuesday and will be considered by the Senate. The task force would review until 2017 the state’s use of force laws, alternatives to lethal force and other police practices, then report findings and any recommended policy changes by December. Washington is one of the hardest states to prosecute an officer for improperly shooting people, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington.

A bill that would make it easier to charge law enforcement has not been approved by its first committee.

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