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Gov. Jay Inslee. Photo: Karen Ducey via Getty Images

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Tuesday signed a dozen bills aimed at curbing police misconduct and boosting accountability.

Why it matters: The move comes as the United States continues to grapple with police brutality and racial justice. It's "one of the nation's most ambitious packages" of its kind, AP writes.

The bills:

  • Ban police use of chokeholds, neck restraints and no-knock warrants.
  • Require officers to intervene if a colleague engages in excessive force.
  • Create an independent office to review police use of deadly force.
  • Require officers to use "reasonable care," such as de-escalation tactics.
  • Make it easier to sue officers when they cause injury.

What he's saying: "The crises of the past year have unmasked long-standing inequities in our society. The consciousness of our state and nation has been raised against inequity in many forms," Inslee said in a statement.

  • "Our moral mandate to acknowledge these hard truths crystallized in the fallout from the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, and the killing of Manny Ellis in Tacoma," he added.
  • "The bills I am signing today respect these truths and lay a solid foundation to halt inequity’s pernicious influence in our systems of government."

The big picture: The move comes as a North Carolina prosecutor claimed the police killing of Andrew Brown Jr. was "justified," though lawyers for Brown's family have demanded the release of full bodycam footage and the State Bureau of Investigation's report.

Go deeper: The slow moves to improve police training

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Family of Anthony Huber, fatally shot by Kyle Rittenhouse, files federal lawsuit

A small memorial decorates a lamppost near where Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum were killed in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

The family of Anthony Huber, one of the men Kyle Rittenhouse is accused of fatally shooting during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday claiming police failed to intervene and conspired with white militia members.

Why it matters: The lawsuit filed by Huber's parents is the first major suit against the city, police and county following the protests last August sparked by the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Mayors feel powerless to reduce homelessness

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Recreated from 2021 Menino Survey of Mayors; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

America's mayors know their constituents hold them accountable for homelessness, but many don't feel they have the tools or power to fix things, a brand new survey says.

Why it matters: While homelessness has become more acute during the pandemic, city leaders say they lack the money, staff or political support needed to make a meaningful difference.

Ina Fried, author of Login
1 hour ago - Technology

Microsoft to buy Activision Blizzard

Photo: Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Microsoft announced Tuesday it plans to acquire video game giant Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion in cash.

Why it matters: The move comes as Activision Blizzard has faced a wave of accusations of workplace harassment.