California Act to Save Lives is signed by Governor Newsom!
California Act to Save Lives signed by Governor Newsom
Dear APTP supporters,
The bill we worked on this session along with impacted families and the Let Us Live coalition — AB 392, the California Act to Save Lives — was signed today by Governor Newsom!
As we've mentioned in previous communications, the final version of AB 392 isn't perfect, it doesn't go far enough and it will definitely be challenged by police.
But we're still celebrating because this law establishes one of the strongest use of force standards in the country that has the potential to save lives.
Now, California law will require that officers only use deadly force when "necessary" — whereas previously police were allowed to use force when "reasonable," regardless of whether it was necessary to prevent imminent death or serious bodily injury.
Cities like Seattle and San Francisco that have adopted similar policies have seen a significant reduction of use of force cases.
NOW — let's figure out how local law enforcement is going to try to get around this new law and start organizing to fight back.