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What’s In The Police Use-Of-Force Bill That Is Expected To Pass In California

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After several months of negotiations over a bill that aims to reduce police use-of-force in California, law enforcement have removed opposition and legislative leaders have announced support.

If passed into law, Assembly Bill 392 would give California a new and tougher legal standard to justify the use of deadly force by police.

The bill was inspired by the death last year of Stephon Clark, an unarmed Black man Sacramento police killed, having mistaken his cell phone for a gun.

The trigger for the shift in support of the bill follows new amendments that removed language that was worrying for consequences police officers would face for use-of-force.

While the new version of the bill doesn’t go as far as the original version that was proposed, civil liberties advocates have declared a victory and Gov. Gavin Newsom expressed support, saying the bill “will help restore community trust in our criminal justice system.”


Anita Chabria, reporter for the Los Angeles Times covering California state politics based in Sacramento; she tweets @chabriaa

Peter Bibring, director of police practices at ACLU of California; he tweets @PeterBibring

Robert Harris, a director with the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the labor union representing LAPD officers, and president of Protect California, a coalition of law enforcement associations and trade unions focused on improving public safety in California; he is also an LAPD officer; he tweets @RobHarrisLAPPL