Crime, Law and Justice

Jeanie Lindsay / Northwest News Network

At a hearing in Olympia Tuesday, citizens supporting a pair of bills in the Washington legislature involving the use of deadly force by police said it’s too hard to keep law enforcement officers accountable. But some officers who showed up to testify said it’s not a change of legal language that's needed.

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It happens thousands of times a year in Washington state: someone who isn’t allowed to own a gun tries to buy one but is denied after a background check. But even though it’s a crime to lie on a background check form, police rarely if ever investigate these cases.

Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

A bipartisan group of Washington state politicians Monday endorsed the abolishment of the death penalty. The group included the current Democratic Attorney General Bob Ferguson and his Republican predecessor Rob McKenna.

The pair were flanked at a capitol news conference by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and a half-dozen senators and representatives from both parties.

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Should it be easier to criminally charge police officers in Washington who use deadly force? A legislative task force said “yes” -- but the vote was far from unanimous.

Washington lawmakers are undecided on the issue as they convene Monday for their 2017 session.

Washington State Patrol

The Washington State Patrol is cracking down on drunk drivers for the holidays.

Franklin County Prosecutor

A coroner’s inquest this week cleared the three Pasco police officers who shot a farmworker in February 2015. The Franklin County Coroner has fought for nearly two years to hold the examination into the facts of the death.

Oregon State Police

Law enforcement officers in Oregon would be required to collect data on the race, ethnicity, age and sex of people they pull over under a measure proposed Wednesday by the Oregon Department of Justice.

The idea is the result of a task force created to find ways to eliminate law enforcement profiling.

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Oregon lawmakers are delaying a decision on whether to open a second women's prison. A legislative panel voted Wednesday to deny a funding request from the Oregon Department of Corrections.

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has been dealt a setback by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. A three-judge panel Tuesday declined to hear Kelley’s claim of double jeopardy.

Cori Medeiros / WSU Spokane Communications

Researchers at Washington State University in Spokane have analyzed well over 100 police deadly force encounters captured on dash cam video or observed in a simulator. That academic research has now turned in a “counter bias” training program.

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