Initiative 940 aims to de-escalate police violence

A group of citizens fighting to end police violence submitted hundreds of thousands of signatures to the state capitol Dec. 28 to get an initiative in front of lawmakers in 2018. If they do not pass the measure, voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on the November 2018 ballot.

Organizers submitted more than 350,000 signatures, considerably more than the 259,622 required by the secretary of state.

If approved, Initiative 940 would require that police receive training in de-escalation techniques and mental health interventions. It also mandates that a civilian injured by a police officer receive first aid immediately. The exact content of the trainings will be set by a commission.


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