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California Chiefs Rail Against Proposed Use of Force Bill

April 11, 2018  | 

Police chiefs from across Northern California came together on Monday to oppose a proposed bill to raise the standard for legal review of California officers in deadly use of force investigations.

“We find ourselves dumbfounded that legislation of this magnitude was introduced without consulting law enforcement stakeholders,” said California Police Chiefs Association President David Swing.

Current California law allows officers to use “reasonable” force against a suspect.

The proposed legislation would change that to “necessary” force, CBS Sacramento reports.

“And the concern of ‘necessary’ is that the police that are sworn to protect and serve the community are going to be expected to exhaust all possible alternatives in hindsight — that’s unreasonable,” said Vacaville Police Chief John Carli.


Comments (9)

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William @ 4/11/2018 4:45 PM

Throw the flag and call BS on this ignorant bill

Dan @ 4/11/2018 4:53 PM

Here we go, foundation being set for even more lawsuits. And who decides what should have been necessary?

Retired NY Boss @ 4/11/2018 6:21 PM

I see a serious shortage of law enforcement personnel in CA's future.

Zander @ 4/11/2018 6:46 PM

This type of legislation was inevitable. Police agencies and organizations representing them have refused any type of civilian oversight setting the stage for politicians in their infinite wisdom to interject governmental wisdom. Great job for making it so easy for them put first responders at risk.

Joe Smith @ 4/11/2018 6:51 PM

More controlling liberal BS. They haven’t figured out yet & likely never will that the criminals need to be controlled, not law enforcement, IE stop running from and confronting cops! If you comply with all orders there will be no shootings whatsoever!! This should be taught in schools, put on bill boards, TV, & Internet. Repeated over & over & over again until everyone knows it like the back of their hand that it’s the people breaking laws that are the problem, not law enforcement officers. There has been criminal activity by rogue cops by most are just doing there jobs protecting others & themselves. There’s virtually no possibility of making perfect decisions every day all day for the duration of your career especially when people continually fail to follow directions. If you run or confront, this opens up the possibility for violence. Don’t do it & you completely avoid all possibility of the situation escalating. Simple concept!

kojack58 @ 4/11/2018 8:54 PM

YES INDEED CHIEFS, YOU FIGHT TO PUT THIS STUPID BILL DOWN AND OUT. I KNOW YOU KNOW THAT IF THIS BILL PASSES YOUR DEPARTMENTS WILL LOSE OFFICERS BY THE DROVES. IF I WASN'T RETIRED I WOULD TURN IN MY CREDS AND BADGE RIGHT AFTER IT PASSES. I ALSO WAS A TRAINING OFFICER WITH THE FATS SYSTEM POP TARGETS AND EVERYTHING ELSE.

Deputy JJG @ 4/12/2018 7:40 AM

If I worked in California and this idiotic bill became law, I would resign the same day. It's hard enough nowadays with wondering if you will survive a shooting incident during and afterwards. Glad I work in Texas. Good luck to all officers in California.

Rick @ 4/12/2018 9:48 AM

I am willing to get beat, stabbed, shot and even killed while protecting complete strangers and the general public, I am NOT willing to go to prison to protect them, if this passes they'll all have to protect themselves.

Tom Ret @ 4/12/2018 3:52 PM

If Calif was having a hard time recruiting before, this bill will kill it and sworn officers will leave in droves if they have any brains. Only ones left will be young idealistic officers and those who intend on waiting out the clock doing as little as possible.

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