This is what we now face as LEOs.
Democratic Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, is the primary sponsor of California Assembly Bill 392, known as the “California Act to Save Lives.”
She states that the proposed law change would “clarify law enforcement’s obligations” in order to prevent “unnecessary deaths,” further staying that Instead of using lethal force, that officers should verbally persuade offenders to surrender, or should utilize crisis intervention skills or other de-escalation techniques.
In essence, it micromanages the state’s Law Enforcement Officers, trained professionals in life and death split-second decision making.
In support of the bill, a group of black college students have decided to hold at walkout at 12 p.m. on Thursday, May 2nd in honor of the Black Panthers’ march 52 years ago.
“To reiterate the demand the Black Panther Party initiated on May 2, 1967…when they marched on the Sacramento to protest and demand an end to police murder and brutality in our communities,” states the group.
Sacramento City College student Josh Johnson told The Davis Vanguard that the current law perpetuates “inequality” because officers are permitted to take another life to save their own.
“The use of deadly force as it stands does not equally protect the lives of citizens and law enforcement…laws and policies protect the lives of officers above the lives of the citizens they are tasked to protect.”
Umm, yeah that’s how it’s suppose to work. Officers, when faced with a life and death situation, are suppose to win. We train them to win. We equip them to win. Their family depends on them to win.
With the above legislation and the planned student demonstrations planned painting police as an out-of-control, in-need-of-reform mob, let’s take a detailed look at the Police Deadly Use of force statistics in depth.
In 2018 the State of California had a total of 115 total Police Deadly Use of Force incidents where all but 3 suspects were armed.
- Gun 50
- Knife 23
- Vehicle 3
- Replica weapon 13
- Other Weapon 23
- Unarmed 3
Here are the details for all three unarmed situations:
Ronnell Foster, an unarmed 33-year-old black man, was shot on Feb. 13, 2018, on a street in Vallejo, California.
An officer attempted to stop the man riding a bike during a domestic violence call investigation. But instead of yielding to the officer’s commands, the man fled on foot.
The officer caught up with the suspect and a violent physical struggle took place. Investigators said that during the violent physical confrontation, the officer deployed his Taser on the suspect but it was ineffective.
The suspect managed to forcibly take away a metal flashlight from the officer and armed himself with it, presenting it in a threatening manner. The officer, fearing imminent and serious physical harm, discharged his duty firearm, striking the suspect.
Stephon Clark, an unarmed 23-year-old black man, was shot on March 18, 2018, on a street in Sacramento, California.
Police officers received a call from a man who said someone was breaking into vehicles, breaking car windows, and was hiding in the backyard of a home, according to a statement from the Sacramento Police Department.
The caller gave police a description of the suspect, and when police arrived at the scene, they were guided by a sheriff’s department helicopter to the spot he was believed to be hiding.
Deputies inside the helicopter said the suspect picked up what looked like a crowbar, smashed a window on a nearby residence then ran to the front door of the residence where he stopped and looked inside of a vehicle.
When officers caught the suspect a few minutes later at the front of the residence, they ordered him to stop and show his hands but he ran from officers to the back of the home, according to police.
He then reportedly turned towards officers, and, ignoring calls to stop, came at officers while holding something in front of them.
Melyda Marciela Corado
Melyda Marciela Corado, an unarmed 27-year-old Hispanic woman, was shot on July 21, 2018, in a parking lot in Los Angeles, California.
LAPD Chief Michel Moore told reporters at a news conference that investigators have determined that one of two officers accidentally shot 27-year-old Melyda Corado while engaging in a shootout with an armed suspect, 28-year-old Gene Evin Atkins who opened fire on several officers.
Where Do We Begin?
As I have stated many times in my writings here in Law Enforcement Today, or during my interviews on NRATV, “there are plenty of issues to improve Police Community relations, but we cannot address real issues when we start from a place of fiction”.
As you can see when we start from a place of fact, California Officers are extremely disciplined in firearms restraint and should be commended for such, not demonized by false narrative legislators and misguided college students.
Of course the group planning to walk out in solidarity with the past black panther movement has many more demands of our Nations Law Enforcement, like abolishing the Blue Lives Matter flag to respect Black lives, as well as a demand that police demilitarization to create safer communities.
In conclusion to everything I’ve highlighted above and for perspective, the month of May is the time of year that we as a Nation honor our fallen Officers.
The State of California will have 11 Law Enforcement Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of California, (including both the above Bill’s Sponsors and Students who plan to protest) recognized when their names will be etched in granite in Washington DC during National Police Memorial week.
You can see the Nations Heroes and their stories by visiting www.ODMP.org where 163 of our Nations Finest who made the ultimate sacrifice are listed. In Valor there is Hope.