FILE PHOTO: A demonstrator holds an indication at a rally to protest the police capturing of Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California, U.S., March 31, 2018. REUTERS/Bob Robust/File Photograph
(Reuters) – California law enforcement officials will likely be allowed to make use of deadly drive solely when “essential” in response to a menace, as an alternative of the prevailing commonplace of “affordable”, below a brand new legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday.
Underneath the stricter requirements, officers should imagine they haven’t any different option to “defend towards an imminent menace of loss of life or severe bodily harm to the officer or one other particular person,” an summary of the legislation printed on-line says.
The brand new legislation, which officers say is among the most restrictive in the USA, is partly a response to police shootings of unarmed black males. These embody the loss of life of Stephon Clark, 22, who was killed by Sacramento police in March 2018, touching off protests throughout the state.
Clark, who was black, was standing in his grandmother’s yard, holding a cellphone, when he was shot and killed final yr. The 2 officers have been exonerated in March, touching off extra protests.
On the signing, Newsom mentioned he hoped California’s new legislation would grow to be a mannequin for the nation.
“As California goes, so goes the remainder of the USA of America,” Newsom mentioned, in response to information media. “And we’re doing one thing right now that stretches the boundaries of chance and sends a message to folks all throughout the nation – that extra could be completed.”
Clark’s household attended the signing ceremony on the invitation of the governor. The legislation goes into impact in January. However not all of them have been totally happy.
“The invoice is watered down, all people is aware of that,” Stevante Clark, brother of Stephon Clark, instructed the Los Angeles Instances.
Neither the governor’s workplace nor Clark’s relations of could possibly be instantly reached by Reuters early on Tuesday.
Reporting by Wealthy McKay in Atlanta; editng by Larry King