Initiative 873 seeks to change the law regarding use of force by removing the phrase "without malice and with a good faith belief" from the existing statute.
We should not continue to ask our officers to think when they barely have time to react and we, as civilians, are not held to the same, high standard. Even the legislature acknowledged this double standard when it passed the law in 1986. Rather than maintain the dual standard, we should apply the simplified standard in RCW 9A.16.050 to officers and civilians alike. This single standard will enable officers to use force to prevent the subjection of any person to great personal injury or any other felony. Initiative 873 is a step in the right direction, but it only addresses half of the problem.