The Latest: California seeks compromise on police shootings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on use of force legislation (all times local):
California lawmakers are working to find common ground between law enforcement groups and reformers intent on adopting first-in-the-nation standards designed to limit fatal shootings by police.
A state Senate committee on Tuesday linked a police-backed measure requiring more training with a competing proposal allowing officers to open fire only if they have exhausted non-lethal methods of resolution or de-escalation.
It’s a move aimed at forcing negotiations between the sides by combining the most progressive elements of each plan.
The combined measure would set a national precedent by creating statewide guidelines on when officers can use deadly force and requiring that every officer be trained in ways to avoid opening fire.
The shooting last year of unarmed vandalism suspect Stephon Clark in Sacramento inspired the effort to restrict when police can use their guns in the nation’s most populous state.
Round two is underway in California’s fight over how best to limit fatal shootings by police through nation-leading reforms.
State legislators on Tuesday are debating a measure that proponents say would set a national precedent by creating statewide guidelines on when officers can use lethal force and requiring that every officer be trained in ways to avoid opening fire.
But opponents say the law-enforcement-backed bill doesn’t go far enough because it doesn’t change the legal standard. It would enshrine current rules that allow police to kill if they reasonably believe that they or others are in imminent danger.
Last year’s shooting of unarmed vandalism suspect Stephon Clark sparked competing legislation that would allow police to kill only if they have exhausted non-lethal methods of resolution or de-escalation.