Washington Peace Officer Accountability Act (POAA).

What is the Washington Peace Officer Accountability Act (POAA)?

The Peace Officer Accountability Act (POAA), Washington House Bill (HB) 1202, 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.

Representative My Linh-Thai is the primary sponsor of the Bill.

To learn more about POAA and other efforts to confront police violence in WA, you can visit the ACLU-WA's web page on the subject here.

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