Stance:

Support

Issue area:

Qualified immunity

Geography:

Washington

Original bill text:

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What is Washington House Bill 1202 (the Peace Officer Accountability Act)?

WA HB 1202 or the Peace Officer Accountability Act (POAA) eliminates obstacles to civil liability for law enforcement officers who engage in misconduct by creating a new legal path to hold officers accountable. The POAA also makes departments liable for bad hiring, inadequate training, and negligent disciplining. Additionally, the POAA expands access to justice by allowing attorney’s fee and cost recovery if the victim wins their lawsuit, and it allows the Attorney General’s office to investigate and bring a lawsuit to address patterns of wrongdoing by officers and departments.

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