Senate passes bill to study use of deadly force by police

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) _ The Senate in Washington state has passed a bill that would create a task force to study use of deadly force by law enforcement.

House Bill 2908, amended from a version that cleared the House in February, passed on a vote of 45-2 on Tuesday. It now heads back to he House for consideration of the Senate’s amendments.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington says the state is one of the most difficult places to prosecute an officer for improper shootings.

The bill would bring together a host of organizations and state agencies to study existing deadly-force law and potential ways to reduce violent interactions between police and members of the public.

The task force would report findings and any recommended changes in law to the Legislature.