Police association calls on Rep. Johnson to retract comment that police ‘go around killing people’

It’s part of an ongoing dispute between law enforcement and the state Legislature that stems from policing laws.

CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. – Some Washington state law enforcement leaders are calling on Representative Jesse Johnson to withdraw the order comment taken on Twitter, which they called “infectious, dangerous and divisive.”

It’s part of an ongoing dispute between law enforcement and the state Legislature that stems from policing laws.

Responding to a video created by various sheriff departments across the state going against the law, Johnson tweeted: “The Legislature did what needed to be done and some officers were furious because their culture has to change and they can’t go around killing people. ”

Johnson, a Democrat, represents the 30th Legislative District, which includes Federal Way, Des Moines and Auburn.

Laws that received police opposition include two reform bills, House Bills 1310 and 1054, of which Johnson authored. Among the key points are restrictions put in place by House Bill 1054 on when police can pursue a suspect in a vehicle. Johnson has defended the law.

However, that defense went too far with Johnson’s tweet, law enforcement leaders like Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett said. Burnett said the comment was offensive.

“We’re out there to save lives, not kill people,” he said.

The Washington Police and Sheriff’s Council was among a group of groups calling for Johnson to withdraw the statement. Teresa Taylor, the council’s chief executive officer, said she wanted Johnson to admit that “his terminology doesn’t suit someone whose desire to see the community and law enforcement come together. “

The Washington Association of Sheriffs & Sheriffs wrote a letter to Johnson. In their letter from the Association, law enforcement leaders wrote that while they “respectfully oppose” a number of bills authored by Representative Johnson, they continue to respect him and his role. him as an elected leader.

In a prepared statement sent to KING 5, Johnson said the association “elected not to participate in the creation of these laws” and was “not surprised” that it would “attempt to arbitrate a comment”. on Twitter through the media.”

“The Legislature has passed police accountability following an outcry caused by unnecessary police violence. We need to think differently about public policing and safety.” written statement. “We also need to listen to more voices when making policy in this area. I’ve heard too many times, from too many community members, that they don’t feel safe around or in the hands of agency. Our law enforcement respects that’s why our accountability laws emphasize safety, respect and de-escalation.

“Our law enforcement officers have an incredibly difficult job, and changing an age-old culture is no small task. However, it is paramount to create public safety. really, where all communities feel protected and respected.”

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