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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