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Washington voters approve police deadly force measure

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Voters in Washington state have approved a measure designed to make it easier to prosecute police for negligent shootings.

Initiative 940 is designed to improve police training in de-escalation tactics and eliminate a requirement that prosecutors prove officers acted with malice to get a conviction in negligent shootings.

Passage of I-940 means that prosecutors no longer have to prove law enforcement officers acted in "evil intent" or "malice" when considering whether to file criminal charges against them. Instead, the initiative adopts a "good faith" standard for officer criminal liability in those exceptional circumstances where deadly force is used.

I-940 includes requirements that agencies have mental health and de-escalation training. It requires officers to administer first aid to victims of deadly force and requires independent investigations into the use of deadly force. 

The initiative sponsor, De-Escalate Washington, submitted the measure to the Legislature this year. Lawmakers passed I-940 and a compromise version preferred by lawmakers, activists and police groups. The state Supreme Court ruled that I-940 in its original form would go on the November ballot while the compromise wouldn't.

Initiative sponsors have said they're focused on getting the measure passed and then expect to work with police groups and others on compromise language.

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