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For many, Doug Baldwin needs no introduction as the former star wide receiver and All-Pro for the Seattle Seahawks.
But he stands out as the son of a police officer and for his stance on social justice issues. He’s also quietly been involved in pushing for legislative change in Olympia, including Initiative 940, and building a foundation and community center in Renton.
Baldwin said he was both prideful in the passage of I-940 but also sad.
“Because, you know, these are human beings that we’re dealing with,” he said, adding that while it was a victory, the underlying problems haven’t been fixed.
I-940 overhauled Washington state’s controversial law on police shootings . It lowered the bar for prosecuting police officers who use deadly force. The initiative requires police training to de-escalate volatile situations and avoid the use of deadly force. It also requires police to provide mental health intervention and first aid on the spot.
Additionally, I-940 removed the malice clause under state law, which would make it easier to prosecute police officers in situations where deadly force is used. […]