A proposal by California lawmakers to restrict law enforcement’s use of lethal force, is being branded unrealistic by a pair of Central Valley Sheriffs.
The suggestion was put forward on Tuesday in the wake of fatal shooting of Stephon Clark by Sacramento officers in March.
The legislation would change the current “reasonable force” rule to “necessary force.” The goal is to have more confrontations defused with less-lethal weapons.
Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux expressed concern that it would remove law enforcement’s ability to make snap decisions when necessary, KMJNow reports.
“I myself have been placed in situations where I in fact had to use lethal force and I can tell you that it doesn’t come easily. For those that think that these decisions are made easily when it’s time to use lethal force – it’s not,” Boudreaux said.