Heads of the three largest legislation enforcement businesses in Cowlitz County instructed Chamber of Commerce members Friday it’s tougher to make arrests in mild of latest state laws.
Cowlitz County Sheriff Brad Thurman, Longview Police Chief Robert Huhta and Kelso Police Chief Darr Kirk spoke on the lunch in Kelso a few sweeping legislation enforcement reform bundle handed within the 2021 legislative session. Proponents say new legal guidelines — like banning the usage of chokeholds, no-knock warrants and navy tools — make interactions between officers and the general public safer. Thurman, Huhta and Kirk argue most of the legal guidelines are pointless and have unintended penalties that forestall them from doing their jobs.
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Thurman referred to Cowlitz and Lewis counties as a “bubble” between progressive Seattle and Portland, the place locals nonetheless respect the legislation. Regardless of native assist, he mentioned legislative adjustments — like a supreme courtroom judgement that invalidated the state’s easy drug possession legislation — have prevented native arrests.
The case, often called the Blake choice, threw out the state’s easy drug possession legislation and state legislators changed the felony measure with a misdemeanor that requires two referrals to drug therapy earlier than arresting suspects. Thurman mentioned because the new legislation was enacted in July, the county has handed out 76 referrals and one misdemeanor cost. Earlier than the legislative adjustments, all 76 contacts discovered with medication would have been arrested for suspected felonies.