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Washington Supreme Court to review police deadly force law

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The Washington Supreme Court says it will hear arguments this month over a new state law designed to improve police training in de-escalation tactics and make it easier to prosecute officers for negligent shootings.
  
Lawmakers approved the measure - Initiative 940 - in March, but simultaneously amended it with a compromise that had been agreed to by activists and police groups. A Thurston County Superior Court judge said that procedure was unconstitutional and ordered that the original I-940 be placed on the November ballot. The state Attorney General's Office appealed.
  
The Supreme Court will decide whether the lawmakers acted constitutionally, or whether I-940 - or I-940 and the compromise proposal - should go to the ballot. Arguments are set for June 28.

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