SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers have sent Gov. Gavin Newsom a measure setting new standards for when police can open fire.
It would allow police to use deadly force only when it is necessary to defend against an imminent threat of death or serious injury to officers or bystanders.
Honored to stand with @AsmShirleyWeber @SteveBradford and Cephus Johnson and Beatrice X Johnson - uncle and aunt of Oscar Grant who was killed by BART police 10 years ago - on this historic day when the California Legislature voted to reform the police use-of-force standard. pic.twitter.com/WFXGCHsZeU— Nancy Skinner (@NancySkinnerCA) July 9, 2019
Amendments in May removed what had been strong opposition from law enforcement organizations. Senators approved the measure Monday on a 34-3 vote.
It previously cleared the Assembly 67-0.
The legislation was prompted by public anger over fatal shootings by police, including the killing of unarmed vandalism suspect Stephon Clark in Sacramento last year.
Supporters say that it will impose some of the nation's most sweeping rules when combined with a related measure on officer training.
BREAKING: California Senate passes #AB392, sending bill to lift standard for police use of deadly force in California to only when “necessary” to gov’s desk!! Huge thanks to the families who pushed so hard to make this happen. pic.twitter.com/zCKm3Cmex3— Peter Bibring (@PeterBibring) July 9, 2019
The bills are AB392 and SB230.