Jesse E. Johnson is an American politician serving as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives. Johnson represents Washington’s 30th legislative district, which encompasses parts of King County and Pierce County. He was appointed to the legislature in January 2020 following the resignation of Representative Kristine Reeves. Jesse Johnson – Democratic Member of the WA State House of Representatives. As your state representative, it’s my goal to make sure I keep you informed about the work I’m doing for you in Olympia. I’ll update this site frequently with the latest news from my office and the House floor. You can always contact my office if you need information or have a legislative issue, request, or concern, and either I or my legislative aide will respond promptly.
Apr 23, 2021, · Legislature approves Johnson police reform bills. April 23, 2021. OLYMPIA – The Legislature has approved two priority bills from Rep. Jesse Johnson (D-Federal Way) that are the result of significant discussion and negotiation between impacted families of victims of police violence, police reform advocates, and law enforcement. Both bills are part of the House Democratic Caucus Policing Policy Leadership Team priorities and were priorities for the Legislature’s
House Bill 1054 bans or limits dangerous police tactics that lead to a loss of life in an effort to push all law enforcement to make preserving and protecting human life a fundamental value. The tactics banned include no-knock warrants, chokeholds, neck restraints, and certain military equipment. It establishes restrictions on vehicular pursuits and shooting at moving vehicles, and modifies when tear gas can be used and how it is authorized.
House Bill 1310 changes the existing use of force statute, which currently allows police to complete an arrest by any means necessary. That has been too broad an authorization that allows an unlimited amount of force. HB 1310 sets the clear expectation that de-escalation should be an officer’s first instinct and that deadly force should be a last resort. Officers will be required to consider circumstances like a disability, someone experiencing a mental health crisis, pregnancy, or the presence of children when determining when to use force. Deadly force would be the last resort if de-escalation efforts failed. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/recoach/message