Bonney Lake officers say new reform laws kept them from tracking armed suspect

Police departments in Pierce County say new use of force laws are causing them to rethink how they perform some aspects of their job.

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — The death of Manuel Ellis served as a rallying cry throughout Washington, and lawmakers were put on notice that law enforcement needed to change.

“We knew we had a public mandate to increase accountability and de-escalation and less-lethal enforcement of the law,” said state Rep. Jesse Johnson.

That mandate emerged in the form of a series of bills designed to change the way policing is done throughout the state, such as House Bill 1310, which deals

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