Comprehensive use-of-force legislation for California
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Police Officers Research Association of California said they are joining the California Police Chiefs Association in announcing the introduction of a bill that presents a comprehensive package of changes to California’s use-of-force statutes, law enforcement agency policies, and training.
Law enforcement agencies throughout the state said they have been working for the past six months to develop this series of comprehensive changes designed to reduce the incidents where officers are responding to serious threats to citizens or are in danger themselves.
“We are listening to community concerns, and will work collaboratively to increase safeguards that are beneficial for everyone,” says Brian Marvel, President of the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), which represents more than 70,000 peace officers in California.
Current California law is based on parameters set in 1872 for using force against a fleeing felon. As such, this statute is outdated and does not reflect the decisions of the U.S. and California Supreme Courts on use-of-force matters, according to PORAC.