Police Say They Want to Reduce Deadly Officer-Involved Incidents

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee October 19, 2010

Seattle Times:

Law-enforcement leaders, responding to concerns about a string of fatal shootings by police officers, told state lawmakers Monday they are seeking to gain a better understanding of use of force and looking for ways to reduce such incidents.

The officials spoke at a work session of the state Senate's Judiciary Committee, convened by the committee chair, Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, to explore the need to expand officer training and examine how police agencies determine if force was warranted.

Kline noted there have been about a half-dozen incidents in the past several months involving the use of force by officers, saying he hoped it wasn't a trend. Legislative staffers said the number was not comprehensive but represented news reports this year about lethal and nonfatal incidents.

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