Californa has passed a new law restricting when police officers can pull the trigger, and many are calling it one of the strictest use of force standards in the nation.
On Monday Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill forcing officers to consider alternative measures to deadly force. Assembly Bill 392, which takes effect January 1st stipulates that police officers “use deadly force only when necessary in defense of human life” instead of when it is “reasonable” which current law maintains.
Newsom thanked the bill’s author, San Diego Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, and said the entire country thanks her “because as California goes so goes the rest of the United States of America.”
The change followed the private negotiations and public outcry in the death of Stephon Clark, the 22-year-old Black man fatally shot by two Sacramento officers in March 2018.
Police thought Clark was armed when they shot him in his grandparent’s backyard, but he was only carrying a cellphone, according to multiple media reports.
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