The Washington State Senate has approved a measure restricting certain police tactics and gear, including the use of neck restraints and tear gas, after police killings of Black people sparked tumultuous racial-justice protests last year.
Democrats passed the bill on a 27-22 vote April 6 over the objections of Republicans who warned it would endanger officers and the public alike.
The measure, a centerpiece of the Democrats’ police-reform agenda, would allow the use of tear gas only in response to riots that occur in jails or prisons, or to deal with barricaded subjects or hostage situations. It bans the use of chokeholds, neck restraints and no-knock warrants,
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