DORI MONSON

Police officer: I-940 dangerously favors offenders over law and citizens

Oct 19, 2018, 5:56 AM | Updated: 3:56 pm
I-940...
Seattle police. (Jason Rantz, KTTH)
(Jason Rantz, KTTH)

A local law enforcement officer warns that I-940, a measure proponents claim will decrease police officers’ use of deadly force, is actually part of a dangerous agenda to punish officers who are put in the difficult, gut-wrenching situation of having to use a firearm.

“The problem with 940 is that the devil is in the details; 940 is not about training,” Seattle Police Officer Mike Solan of the Coalition for a Safer Washington told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson. “That is a false claim. What this is truly about is to make it very, very easy to politically prosecute police officers for doing their jobs.”

The initiative, sponsored by De-Escalate Washington, states that it will “apply a good faith standard for use of deadly force and remove the de facto immunity,” as well as mandating “completely independent investigations of use of deadly force when there is injury or death.” It would establish new training methods and standards. One of the major arguments in support of I-940 is that it provides mental health and crisis training for law enforcement officers to help them diffuse dangerous situations.

RELATED: How I-940 will empower criminals, not cops

As Solan points out, however, police officers already receive compulsory crisis intervention and de-escalation training through RCW 43.101.427. The training, which is a national model, includes an eight-hour course, a two-hour refresher, and an optional in-depth, 40-hour course that Solan said 3,000 officers in Washington have already completed.

“This isn’t about training,” Solan said. “To be clear — we already receive this training.”

I-940 could easily cause the deaths of officers and countless innocent citizens by handicapping police in a life-or-death situation. Solan pointed out that in a standoff with a violent criminal, such as an active shooter, if an officer takes even a couple of seconds to hesitate, he or she can die.

While the campaign’s wording may look good at first glance, Solan said that the fine print of the measure exposes some disturbing plans. For example, the initiative states that certain “community stakeholders” — including non-citizens, youth, and former convicts — will help set training requirements for police officers.

RELATED: Seattle police officers’ hands are tied by city leadership — it’s no wonder we don’t have enough cops

The passage of I-940 would be especially dangerous because it would set a precedent for the rest of the nation, Solan said.

“I-940 is the first test to take this model and take it nationwide … they’ll take this all the way to the Mississippi,” he said. “We must stop 940; it is a social justice agenda that the nucleus, the brainchild, started here in King County. And I do not want — nor should the communities across the state want — Seattle’s social justice ideology infecting voters across the state.”

The main point that Solan wants voters to remember is that police officers are not bloodthirsty monsters, but rather individuals who devote their lives to protecting the community and try at all costs to avoid taking lives.

“Police officers are human beings — we’re moms and dads, we’re brothers and sisters, we’re coaches, we’re neighbors,” he said. “We do not want to take anyone’s life — in fact, we took an oath to preserve lives.”

If this passes, then Solan predicts a “crisis as far as staffing, current recruiting, and retention.”

Solan said that wants to enact reforms in terms of use of force, but that I-940 is not the way to take these steps.

“We are all for having a discussion regarding use of force,” Solan said. “But this does not get it done.”

He also said that there is one point on which both the “yes” and “no” campaigns agree.

“We are all for saving lives,” Solan said. “I don’t know any law enforcement officer that I work with or that I know who wants to take a life.”

Dori Monson on KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM
  • listen to dori monsonTune in to KIRO Newsradio weekdays at 12 noon for The Dori Monson Show.

Dori Monson Show

Dori Monson

Eastside Fire...
Dori Monson Show

Dori: Eastside Fire still refuses to rehire first responders released over COVID mandates

Eastside Fire and Rescue still refuses to hire firefighters released over COVID mandates despite high overtime pay.
2 days ago
violent attacks...
Dori Monson Show

Dori: Seattle, Kent police need help locating suspects after two separate violent attacks

Police are seeking the public’s help in locating suspects in two separate violent mid-day attacks in Seattle and Kent.
2 days ago
Tyler Madden fentanyl grief...
Dori Monson Show

Dori: Grieving local mom fighting ‘flood of fentanyl’ pushes Gov. Inslee to do more

After the initial grief she suffered following her son’s fentanyl poisoning death, Melanie Madden is driven by her new-found purpose in life.
3 days ago
strike...
Dori Monson

Dori: Seattle Schools have no way to pay for new post-strike teacher contract

Barely a week since Seattle Public Schools educators ended their week-long strike, it appears there is no money in the current budget to cover the new agreement.
6 days ago
(Credit Braden Collum via Unsplash)...
Dori Monson

Dori: Washington state school sports now have a ‘Lia Thomas situation’

With high school fall sports seasons in full swing across Washington state, it appears some local teen athletes are facing a so-called “Lia Thomas situation” here.
9 days ago
joe kennedy...
Dori Monson Show

Dori: ‘I’ve got faith’ – despite other reports, praying coach says he’s ready to start talks to get his job back

Joe Kennedy said he “wants to get back to being a coach” and that the Seattle Times was inaccurate in reporting that he is too busy with speaking engagements.
10 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Work at Zum Services...

Seattle Public Schools announces three-year contract with Zum

Seattle Public Schools just announced a three-year contract with a brand-new company to the Pacific Northwest to assist with their student transportation: Zum.
Swedish Cyberknife 900x506...

June is Men’s Health Month: Here’s Why It’s Important To Speak About Your Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men in the United States, on average, die five years earlier than women.
...

Anacortes – A Must Visit Summertime Destination

While Anacortes is certainly on the way to the San Juan Islands (SJI), it is not just a destination to get to the ferry… Anacortes is a destination in and of itself!
...

Ready for your 2022 Alaskan Adventure with Celebrity Cruises?

Celebrity Cruises SPONSORED — A round-trip Alaska cruise from Seattle is an amazing treat for you and a loved one. Not only are you able to see and explore some of the most incredible and visually appealing natural sights on the planet, but you’re also able to relax and re-energize while aboard a luxury cruise […]
Police officer: I-940 dangerously favors offenders over law and citizens