REDDING, Calif. — California lawmakers are proposing a bill that would tighten the way officers would use deadly force in a situation and the local law enforcement do not favor the proposal.
Democratic Assembly members Shirley Weber and Kevin McCarty announced the Assembly Bill 931, known as the Police Accountability and Community Protection Act, last week that would allow officers to use deadly force only when it’s deemed necessary.
The assembly bill would change the current standard procedure for officers that use the reasonable force ruling from the Supreme Court based on the case Graham vs. Connor to necessary force.
This proposal comes after the killing of Stephon Clark from Sacramento where an officer fatally shot Clark in his grandparents’ backyard after reports claimed he was breaking car windows. Officers believed Clark had a gun in his hand but it was a cell phone.
Redding Police Chief Roger Moore does not agree with the proposed bill. He said this would change the way officers would react in any situation.
” I think that before the officer took action, they would have to make sure that a crime had occurred and I don’t even know if that’s possible or practical [and] that’s what I’m talking about. See every situation is very different and for officers to have that burden? Well, a lot of people are going to get injured. We are trained to react based on what we know and see, based on our training and experience,” said Chief Moore.
And if there is a possibility that the proposed bill would get passed and approved into a ruling, Chief Moore said the officer would have to retrain.
” We would retrain, but right now it would change the way we do business with our force option simulator. But it talks about Graham vs Connor and why we need to act before something bad happens and what gives us the legal right to do that and that’s Graham vs. Connor does and all of that would change and we would hesitate and we would try to make sense of all this as it unfolds,” said Chief Moore.