ACLU Statement on Advancement of Bill to Update California Lethal Use of Force Law and Save Lives
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2018
Daisy Vieyra, 916-442-1036 x613
SACRAMENTO – Today, legislation to update California’s lethal use of force law was removed from the Senate Appropriations Committee and referred to the Senate Rules Committee before heading to the Senate for a floor vote. AB 931, introduced by Assemblymembers Weber (D-San Diego) and McCarty (D-Sacramento), is heralded as landmark legislation to save lives.
In response to the bill’s advancement, Natasha Minsker, Director of the ACLU of California Center for Advocacy and Policy, had this response:
“This is a tremendous victory to ensure the bill continues moving forward. Addressing California’s deadly use of force crisis is more important than ever, with many lives on the line. The stakes couldn’t be higher, and we welcome the opportunity to continue conversations on AB 931 and see the bill advance to the Senate for a floor vote.
The bill was written based on best practices and standards recognized by academics and experts in the field, including the Police Executive Research Forum and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Additionally, the bill is modeled after policies already in place in other jurisdictions – and that we know work.
We look forward to participating in ongoing discussions to ensure the passage of legislation to prevent unnecessary deaths and save lives ahead of the Senate floor debate.”