Bill To Limit Use Of Deadly Force Stalled In The Legislature

A bill that would have toughened the standard police officers use for deadly force has stalled in the Legislature. 

AB 931 would have required officers to use lethal force only when necessary to prevent imminent death or injury - and only when there is no reasonable alternative. The current standard is that such force may be used when an officer has a reasonable fear for their lives or the lives of others.

Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins says the current standard is "outdated and unconstitutional and must be modified," but that the Legislature, which adjourns tomorrow, simply ran out of time.


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