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Legislator: Rep. Mike Hope

Date: March 15, 2012

Run Time: 66 seconds


Governor Chris Gregoire signed a bill Thursday that gives law enforcement officers another tool to catch cop killers. John Sattgast reports from Olympia.

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Sattgast: It’s called “Blue Alert” and it’s fashioned after the state’s AMBER alert system. It would use radio, TV and freeway signs to ask the public to help locate someone suspected of injuring or killing a law enforcement officer. Representative Mike Hope, a Republican from Lake Stevens, who also serves as a Seattle police officer, authored the Blue Alert measure, House Bill 1820.

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Hope: “If somebody harms a law enforcement officer or a first responder, they’re not just targeting that officer. They are targeting all of us. They are targeting what we represent. It’s an attack on our way of life, our social norms. And without social norms, society can become chaotic. This is a tool that law enforcement can use to apprehend those suspects.”

Sattgast: Hope first introduced the bill two years ago after Seattle Police Officer Timothy Brenton was shot to death. But the measure stalled because of concerns over costs. It was quickly revived, however, after the fatal shooting last month of Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu. The governor acknowledged Trooper Tony’s family as they watched her sign the bill.

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Gregoire: “It’s this kind of legacy that all of us need to leave when we lose a loved one in a terrible tragedy like you have. God bless you. This is a great legacy in the footsteps of your dad.”

Sattgast: John Sattgast, Olympia.

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