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Public hearing on proposed changes following law enforcement deaths

SPOKANE, Wash.- Tuesday morning a committee of Washington state lawmakers will hold a public hearing on proposed changes in the law following the deaths of the four Lakewood Police officers gunned down last year by Maurice Clemmons.  

In emotional testimony family members of Sgt. Mark Renninger and Officers Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Greg Richards, asked lawmakers to adopt changes recently suggested by law enforcement groups.  

The proposed changes would include constitutional amendments that would give judges more leeway to deny bail, better communication between law enforcement on jail bookings and releases, and enhanced benefits for survivors of officers who die in the line of duty.  

Criminal defense attorneys are asking lawmakers not to rush into any changes.  

Monday night state lawmakers held a hearing in Olympia on the fatal shootings. Authorities discussed why gunman Maurice Clemmons was free despite a criminal history in Washington and Arkansas.  

Several bills have already been introduced in response to the Lakewood police killings.  

In the past three months six law enforcement officers have been killed and seven were shot in three different ambushes.

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