On the heels of policeman shooting a young, unarmed black man to death in Sacramento, California, last month, state lawmakers announced a first-of-its-kind expense on Monday that raises the requirement for when officers may open fire.
The proposed legislation would change the guidance in California’s usage of force laws so that police might open fire “‘only when required’ rather than ‘when reasonable,'” Sacramento-based Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D), stated at an interview Tuesday.
He co-authored the expense with fellow Democrat Assemblywoman Shirley Weber with support from the American Civil Liberties Union and fellow members of the California Legislative Black Caucus. They were signed up with at Tuesday’s interview with Sacramento leaders from the NAACP and the Black Lives Matter movement, in addition to the grandpa of 22-year-old Stephon Clark, last month’s shooting victim.
“We must not be the target practice of a ‘shoot initially, ask concerns later’ police,” Assemblyman Christopher Holden (D) stated, before listing the names of a number of other unarmed black victims of cops shootings.
The legislation is focused on dealing with the truth, as seen in research studies, that cops kill unarmed black males at disproportionate rates compared with unarmed white males. Fans of the expense hope raising the standard for when deadly force is permitted will encourage officers to make de-escalation their very first line of defense.
The existing requirement comes from an “over-100-year-old law that frequently validates fatal force events,” McCarty said.
In the weeks given that Clark’s death, McCarty’s district has actually been stormed by protestors furious about the emerging information surrounding the shooting. Upward of 300 demonstrators collected in Sacramento last Friday after an autopsy exposed the young dad was shot at least seven times in the back in his own backyard.
“It’s clear that the present law safeguards the cops, not individuals,” ACLU legal supporter Lizzie Buchen stated at Tuesday’s statement as activists recounted similar shooting incidents including cops.
Weber is confident the state can pave the method on this concern.
“If California can’t do it,” she asked, “who can?”