Precedent-Setting Legislation Reflects Input from Attorney General, Community Leaders
Sacramento, CA – California law enforcement and Senator Anna Caballero (D – Salinas) yesterday announced sweeping amendments to SB 230 – the California use of force bill that will set a national precedent by requiring consistent policies and mandatory training standards for all 500 California law enforcement agencies.
“California has an opportunity and an obligation to protect our families, officers and communities,” said Senator Caballero. “Collaboration is key to developing the most effective and comprehensive use of force policy that results in change. These amendments reflect input and feedback from impacted parties throughout the state. As a result, this legislation will truly set an example the rest of the nation can follow.”
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“AB 392 is a deeply flawed and unconstitutional bill. SB 230 will help achieve better outcomes for everybody by providing officers clear guidelines and training on deescalation and alternative tactics,” said David E. Mastagni.
The new amendments to the bill have been in the works for some time now, as the bill’s author and supporters have been working with the Attorney General, legislators and community leaders from throughout the state to implement the feedback they have received. With these amendments, SB 230 now:
• Establishes the first statewide guidelines to clearly define when officers are authorized to use force.
• Requires that every California law enforcement officer receive the most robust training in the nation strictly designed to minimize the use of force.
• Sets specific policy requirements on de-escalation, rendering medical aid, proportional use of force and more.
• Sets forth detailed, standardized requirements for reporting all instances when force is used in our communities.
• Specifies that use of force policies and training are considered in legal proceedings.
• Strengthens the California Penal Code’s definition of justifiable homicide for peace officers.