The De-Escalate Washington Campaign is a coalition of individuals and organizations who believe that police should use deadly force only when unavoidable. The Campaign believes that our laws should reflect our values and the initiative puts into law the duty to preserve and protect life. The Coalition members believe that race and bias are a factor in policing and as a result people of color and marginalized people are disproportionately impacted by police violence. Initiative 940 puts a high priority on de-escalation as a strategy to reduce these violent interactions, it requires training for mental health, and requires the rendering of first aid at the scene. It also requires completely independent investigations, mandates inclusion of tribal governments when tribal members are injured or killed, and includes a diverse community in the development of policy. Lastly, because no one is above the law, the Initiative removes the immunity from prosecution for unjustified use of deadly force and replaces it with a good faith standard.
The Campaign is organized with families and people of color at its center, which reflects a commitment to assuring that the impacted communities lead the campaign.