How Washington’s new laws on police use of force have changed officers’ training, weapons

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The Seattle Times

SEATTLE — The two officers roll up on a disturbance at a Burien park to find three men in a scuffle, one swinging a baseball bat. They quickly exit the patrol car, one drawing his firearm, the other a Taser, and approach the men, announcing themselves and commanding the men to stop. It’s a tense moment with a lot of possible outcomes, many of them bad. It’s also a teaching moment: These particular officers are cadets at the Washington state Criminal Justice Training Center, and the “disturbance in a park” scenario is one of several that tests their nascent policing skills while under the skill…

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