In Washington state, because of a new state law, police cannot track murder suspects. After all, it might upset the murderer.
FNC: “Police investigating a murder case in Washington state say they decided not to use a K9 dog in their search for the suspect after taking new reform laws into consideration.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department says it responded to 911 calls reporting shots being fired at a Kohl’s store in Puyallup on Wednesday night and when ‘deputies arrived on scene they found a young male deceased in the north side of the parking lot.’ ”
“Several people reported seeing a male in a black shirt and black pants running from the shooting and deputies checked the area to see if they could locate anyone matching the description,” the department said in a statement. “A K9 officer was on scene within minutes, but because probable cause had not been developed for a particular individual, they decided not to track for the possible suspect since they could not use force to detain him.”
At 10:20 pm Deputies responded to a shooting at Kohl’s at 16918 Meridian E in Puyallup. One male was found down in the parking lot and was pronounced deceased. The suspect fled the scene and deputies were unable to locate him. Detectives are now on scene investigating. pic.twitter.com/ilER0IoK8h
— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) July 29, 2021
House Bill 1310, a new law, mandates that police must have probable cause before using force to track a suspect. Dogs are considered force.
“We don’t know who the victim is, we don’t know who the suspect is, so we don’t have probable cause when we show up,” Pierce County Sgt. Darren Moss Jr. told the station. “Although personally we would feel a reward for catching the suspect, we don’t want anyone to be disciplined or fired or de-certified criminally or civilly for violating the new law.” There we have police worrying about their jobs, not doing their jobs.
Rep. Roger Goodman, a Democrat, loves the new law. “From the majority of agencies typically in my area in Central Puget Sound, they say we understand the Legislatures intent, we agree with the intent to use this force to have more equitable treatment of people in the community,” he told the station. Uh huh. Equitable. There’s the giveaway. It’s a dog whistle for race based law.
“Police should be responding to calls, they should show up. The rules of engagement may change a little bit when they do show up,” he added. “Because we want to focus on de-escalation and less use of force.” As of Friday, the murder suspect is still at large. Not exactly a surprise.