George Floyd played a 'huge role' in getting police reform bills passed in Washington, advocate says

Several police-related bills passed following Floyd’s death, including restrictions on chokeholds and car chases.

KENT, Wash. — When a police officer shot and killed Sonia Joseph’s son in 2017, she vowed to change laws regarding police policies.

While she worked to pass Initiative 940, establishing new restrictions and reforms for police, Joseph said the murder of George Floyd in 2020 played a “huge role” in state lawmakers taking action during the 2021 legislative session.

“His death brought about change in Washington state and across the world,” said Joseph. “The world got to witness an unarmed Black man murdered by police.”

Joseph said those

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