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Wash. police shootings spark changes

Maurice Clemmons was under supervision by the state Department of Corrections when authorities say he shot and killed four Lakewood officers Maurice Clemmons was under supervision by the state Department of Corrections when authorities say he shot and killed four Lakewood officers
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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Chris Gregoire and several law enforcement groups support the idea of a state constitutional amendment that would give judges more leeway to deny bail.
     
Gregoire met Wednesday with police, prosecutors and judges to discuss possible changes to state law in the wake of the slayings of four police officers in November.
     
Gregoire says she has directed some changes to start now, including better communication between law enforcement on jail bookings and releases.
     
Maurice Clemmons was under supervision by the state Department of Corrections when authorities say he shot and killed four Lakewood officers at coffee shop before the start of their shifts.
     
Clemmons was shot and killed by police after a two-day manhunt.

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Lakewood cop killer was familiar with bail process


(December 3, 2009)

The man who killed four Lakewood police officers was able to bail out of jail less than a week before by taking loans against two of his houses.
     
The News Tribune of Tacoma says Maurice Clemmons bailed out of the Pierce County Jail a total of three times this year, raising a total of $42,000 in cash or collateral.
     
The News Tribune says he knew the process because he once worked at a bail bond company.
     
Washington property records show Clemmons owned three properties in Pierce County, purchased in 2008.
     
Job records from the state Department of Corrections show Clemmons worked for a recycling company and a plumbing company. He cleaned gutters and formed a pressure-washing company and a hot dog outlet.

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