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STATEMENT ON QUALIFIED IMMUNITY LEGISLATION HOUSE BILL 1202
February 17, 2021 OLYMPIA — The Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) issued the following statement today by President Marco Monteblanco: “The Washington Fraternal Order of Police has worked closely with Rep. My-Linh Thai to ensure House Bill 1202 includes sufficient legal protection for peace officers. If approved, House Bill 1202 would establish a new state standard for qualified immunity to replace the current federal regulations. Rep. Thai has been responsive to the conce...

STATEMENT ON PIERCE COUNTY JUDGE STANLEY RUMBAUG RELEASE OF DRIVE-BY-SHOOTING SUSPECT
OLYMPIA, February 4, 2021— The Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) issued the following statement today by President Marco Monteblanco: “The Washington Fraternal Order of Police has serious concerns with the decision of Pierce County Superior Court Judge Stanley Rumbaug to ignore the prosecutor’s recommendation and instead rule that a suspect in a drive-by shooting should be released from custody without bail. Releasing a dangerous suspect accused of firing 23 shots sends a ch...

WASHINGTON FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE STATEMENT ON TACOMA POLICE INCIDENT, OVERNIGHT PROTESTS
TACOMA — The Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) released the following statement regarding destructive protests over a Jan. 23 incident in which a Tacoma police officer drove through a crowd gathered for illegal street racing: “It is important that we allow the Pierce County Force Investigation Team to conduct a thorough review of this incident. As officers dedicated to rebuilding the trust and bonds between law enforcement and the communities we serve, members of the Washingto...

WASHINGTON FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE STANDS BY PLACEMENT OF BENTON COUNTY SHERIFF JERRY HATCHER ON BRADY LIST
OLYMPIA — The Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) announced today its support for the placement of Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher on the county’s Brady list. This decision comes on the heels of the Washington State Supreme Court opinion allowing the recall petition to remove him from office. The Brady list includes the names of law enforcement officers whose credibility could be impeached at trial based on information about their truthfulness, honesty, or bias in a case. Ear...

WASHINGTON FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE STATEMENT REGARDING STATE SUPREME COURT OPINION CONFIRMING BENTON COUNTY SHERIFF JERRY HATCHER RECALL EFFORT MAY PROCEED
The Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) issued the following statement strongly supporting today’s Washington State Supreme Court decision regarding the petition to recall Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher. In a unanimous opinion, the Court summarized its decision that all eight charges in the recall petition are legally and factually sufficient and may proceed to be put before the voters. “As dedicated law enforcement officers, we are never happy to see one of our own ...

Mandating COVID 19 Vaccine Policies
ISSUE: Can the government require a COVID-19 vaccination for public employees? CONCLUSION: Yes. However, a mandatory vaccine policy must comply with various employment law standards including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the American with Disability Act. ISSUE: Should employers require a COVID-19 vaccination policy as a condition of employment? CONCLUSION: It depends. The full memo and information can be found on the website under "Discussions."

WAFOP Statement on US Capitol Riots
The Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) issued the following statement today in reaction to comments made by Seattle Police Officers Guild President Mike Solan regarding SPD involvement in the Washington D.C. riots. “As peace officers sworn to protect and serve our communities, the members of the Washington Fraternal Order of Police abhor the scenes of destruction and violence witnessed at the US Capitol building earlier this week. Our role as law enforcement is to put public safet...

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