Monthly Archives: February 2017

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    TVW interview explores Sen. Frockt’s priorities in serving his constituents

TVW interview explores Sen. Frockt’s priorities in serving his constituents

February 28th, 2017|

In this three-minute interview on TVW, Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, explains what moved him to run for the Legislature and how he views his role and his responsibilities in serving his constituents.

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    Frockt: On use of deadly force legislation, our work must and will continue

Frockt: On use of deadly force legislation, our work must and will continue

February 24th, 2017|

Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, issued this statement after Senate Bill 5073, the police use of deadly force compromise bill, failed to make it out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Friday.

“I am disappointed that the bill did not advance, and I know that there are people across this state who are even more disappointed but also equally committed to continuing to work on addressing this issue. This is far too important to walk away from. My discussions with key legislators on both sides of the aisle indicated an interest in exploring additional options as the session moves forward. I intend to do that.”

“I encourage everyone on all sides to remain at the table, continue talking and work together to find a solution that will provide the first step in making Washington a national leader on police and community relations.”

“This is a difficult issue – one that has passionate supporters and opponents – but I believe the compromise language, which has received bipartisan support, walked that fine line and remains the best vehicle for an eventual change in the law that removes malice, defines good faith with a reasonable officer standard and invests more resources in training, de-escalation tactics, data collection and community relations.”

“I did circulate some additional language options yesterday to many who have been actively involved that I think has potential, but there was no consensus.”

“Ultimately, there were those who felt that there needed to be no change in malice standard at all – a position that I do not agree with – and others who felt that officers should not be entitled to any benefit of the doubt for making a mistake – also a position that I do not agree with.”

Yesterday, I had the honor to speak with civil rights icon John Lewis while he was visiting Washington.  He told me to ‘never stop fighting for what is right’ and ‘don’t give up.’ That is good advice. This is the right thing to do for our state, and I believe it is the course everyone involved should take on this very important issue.”

Deadly force bill wins bipartisan approval, moves forward

February 16th, 2017|

The state would enact the recommendations of a legislative task force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing, under legislation passed today on a bipartisan vote of the Senate Law & Justice Committee.

Senate Bill 5073, sponsored by state Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, incorporates the conclusions of a diverse group of representatives from law enforcement, public defenders, prosecutors, civil rights groups, community representatives and legislators, most of which received strong support in the task force deliberations.

“The bipartisan vote in the Law & Justice committee today is significant in that it shows our efforts to reach common ground on this vital issue are taking root,” Frockt said. “Statutory changes on ‘malice’ and ‘good faith’ are only a part of the bill. Equally important is that we ensure our hard-working law enforcement officers have the best training and resources available in order to reduce and deescalate encounters that could lead to the use of deadly force.”

The recommendations are the result of legislation passed in 2016 that charged the task force with: reviewing laws, practices and training programs regarding the use of deadly force; reviewing existing policies, practices and tools available to law enforcement as an alternative to deadly force; and recommending best practices to reduce the number of violent interactions between law enforcement officers and members of the public.

“This is a first step but an important one,” Frockt said. “I know of no other state that is moving in this direction on a statewide basis.”