ACLU of Washington Endorses I-940 Campaign to De-Escalate Police Violence
Campaign Welcomes Important Endorsement in critical final weeks of signature gathering
The campaign for Initiative 940 has announced the endorsement of ACLU of Washington to
its growing list of endorsements. If passed by voters or the legislature, I-940 will require additional
training for police and reform prosecution standards to help reduce officer shootings and other violent
“The ACLU of Washington stands with the families and community members leading the effort to pass I-940. The ACLU has long believed that improving public safety means we also improve public trust in law enforcement. I-940 will enhance police accountability and provide officers with the training they need
to de-escalate situations and avoid tragedy wherever possible,” said Kathleen Taylor, Executive Director of the ACLU of Washington.
The ACLU endorsement was accompanied by a $100,000 contribution, and comes as the campaign enters the last weeks of signature gathering leading toward the December 29 deadline for initiatives to the legislature. ACLU joins other endorsers with contributions of $100,000 or more, including the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and Nick Hanauer. Once validated by the Secretary of State, the State House of
Representatives and Senate can choose to either pass the initiative into law, or refer it to voters on the November 2018 ballot.
“We are proud to have the ACLU join our campaign,” said Tim Reynon, Puyallup tribal council member and vice-chair for I-940. “The ACLU has an established record fighting for police reform and protecting the rights of citizens. We welcome their experience and expertise on these issues and look forward to partnering with them on I-940’s passage and implementation.” For information on our endorsements please go to http://www.deescalatewa.org/endorsers.