State Patrol Explains What's Really Been Happening Now Post-Defund Movement
According to the Washington State Patrol (WSP) people aren't simply pulling over anymore. The department logged 934 failure-to-yield instances this year alone. According to Northwest News Network. Longtime officers concurred that the phenomenon is unprecedented.
“The patrol and other police agencies around the state say they’ve never seen such blatant disregard for their lights and sirens,” Northwest News Network said. “The change in driver behavior comes after state lawmakers passed strict new rules on when police can engage in pursuits.”
“Something’s changed. People are not stopping right now,” Sgt. Darren Wright, a WSP spokesperson with three decades of experience, told the outlet. “It’s happening three to five times a shift on some nights and then a couple times a week on day shift.”
“It used to be sort of unusual and notable to see someone flee or to see someone simply choose not to stop on a traffic stop. Now it’s becoming incredibly common,” executive director of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Steve Strachan added.
Many of the officers pointed to Washington’s HB1054 — a piece of legislation enacted last summer that limits police from engaging in vehicular pursuit in many circumstances. The state’s Democratic majority passed the law “in response to the death of George Floyd that marked the beginning of the 2019 riots.
Democrats have tried to walk back their 'defund' declarations but it continue to haunts them. It also seems the media can’t get enough of the Squad, and polling shows that this intraparty fight over the issue of policing and crime has not only become a major headache for Pelosi but is also taking a toll on the Democrats’ credibility.
I can't stress enough how dagerous a high speed pursuit can be fore officers and other motorist so this new trend isn't just stupid—It's potentially deadly.