California Could Criminalize Fatal Police Shootings Under New Law

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Lawmakers in California are pushing a bill that would clarify when police officers are allowed to use deadly force.

Assembly Bill 392, also known as the California Act to Save Lives, would require police to judge whether the use of force is authorized before shooting a person. If the use of force is not used in self-defense or to protect another individual, the officer could be prosecuted for the shooting, USA Today reported. The bill will be introduced in the California Legislature next week, according to the publication.

The bill was first introduced in February by Assemblymember Shirley Weber of San Diego and would require police officers to engage in de-escalation techniques, such as listening to the suspect’s story or explaining the actions of the officers, before reaching for their gun, according to Weber’s website. The bill passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee in April, according to…

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3 comments

  • whoschu

    “…would require police to judge whether the use of force is authorized before shooting a person. If the use of force is not used in self-defense or to protect another individual, the officer could be prosecuted for the shooting,…” Good God, how can this not be a standard now? “Do I need to kill this person or not?” I assumed this was one of those things that was just not enforced, not that it didn’t exist.

  • ecrawfor

    I am in so much support of this bill. Thank you for including primary source links!! Dear CA readers, if you’d like to let your CA senator know you support this bill, here’s how you find your senator: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ I’m creating a phone script for myself so I don’t mess this up 🙂

  • valerieking325

    The sheet of rules that get the police off for killing a civilian include a statement: If you feel you are in danger at any time… of being harmed or hurt.. and this is why every cop gets off for killing innocent civilians across the country every single day. I was on a Grand Jury and have a copy of it, I know. Cops are given a free pass in all States, so I hope California will change that for all of us. It was the hardest decision I ever made to not convict because of this clear directive set forth by the district attorney, approved by the state constitution.

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