The bill’s main author, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, said AB 392 prevents “unnecessary deaths” by “clarifying law enforcement’s obligations.” Weber’s team said the legislation would push officers to rely on de-escalation techniques like verbal persuasion and crisis intervention methods instead of lethal force.
April 10, 2019
Law enforcement officers in Washington will face different standards for incidents involving deadly force now that Initiative 940 has reportedly passed with 60% of the vote statewide.
November 7, 2018
The Madison (WI) Police Department has updated its guide on the use of deadly force, instructing officers to exhaust other options before using a gun.
October 19, 2017
The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday found that the fatal shooting of a woman in South L.A. last year did not violate the department’s deadly force policy.
July 12, 2016
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Tuesday a measure that prohibits secret grand juries to weigh in on cases involving excessive or deadly force by law enforcement, and another affirming the public’s right to take audio or video recordings of police officers.
August 13, 2015
Many current police practices were adopted when officers faced violent street gangs. Crime rates soared, as did the number of officers killed. Today, crime is at historic lows and most cities are safer than they have been in generations, for residents and officers alike.
May 5, 2015
Data from a recent study shows that white and African-American officers alike hold a stronger subconscious bias against African-American suspects — and that they are now overcompensating for that bias, becoming more hesitant to shoot minority suspects. Researchers believe that's because those officers fear backlash.
February 26, 2015
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, tapped by the Obama administration to help bolster law enforcement's standing in the wake of national unrest stirred by a series of killings of young black men by white officers, said that the long-standing gap in police reporting "needs to be addressed.''
December 11, 2014
U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not change its use-of-force policy against rock throwers, which allows agents to resort to lethal weapons, the agency’s leader has announced. The decision comes after an outside reviewer recommended otherwise.
November 7, 2013
A Detroit Police officer struck by gunfire by a murder suspect in April has succumbed to his wounds. Officer Patrick Hill died Saturday.
October 19, 2013
A Dallas Police officer has been exonerated by a grand jury in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man who was choking the officer and had PCP in his system. Officer Clark Staller will not face criminal charges in the death of Clinton Allen.
October 16, 2013
A man who opened fire on two Jefferson County (Mo.) Sheriff's deputies was shot and killed by police when he refused to drop his weapon after a six-hour manhunt.
October 14, 2013
A former Wheeling (W.Va.) Police officer opened fire on the city's federal courthouse Wednesday, firing 15 to 20 rounds before an officer shot and killed him.
October 10, 2013
A Maine State Police trooper was justified in using deadly force when a man pointed a hunting rifle at him in June, the state's attorney general announced Tuesday.
October 9, 2013
A St. Louis Metro Police officer wounded in a shootout with a drug suspect left the hospital the following day.
October 8, 2013