A new legislation is moving forward that would change how police in California use deadly force. Assembly Bill 392 would change the deadly force requirement from a "reasonable" standard to a "necessary" standard. What that means? Officers would only be allowed to use lethal force only when there is no reasonable alternative.
Supporters say it's designed to prevent avoidable police shootings – and critics are worried cops won't be able to defend themselves, but there’s one thing everyone can agree on. That is, that if passed, this law would be the toughest such regulation on the issue in the country.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, which supports the legislation, California police kill people at a rate 37% higher than the national average per capita. The hearings continue.