As the California Act to Save Lives heads to Governor Newsom’s desk, we’re tracking the journey of the bill that would reform the legal standard of use of deadly force by law enforcement officers in California.
Why California’s Act to Save Lives matters
If passed, this common sense bill would result in fewer lives lost to police violence.
“I have seen how our current system disproportionately harms our brothers and sisters of color,” said Christopher Ransom, SDOP leader with the City of Hope International. “… no one should fear in the presence of police officers.”
AB 392: Latest Update
In April 2019, the California Assembly Public Safety Committee voted to advance AB 392, which San Diego Assemblymember Shirley Weber drafted and introduced.
“Today’s good news on the California Act to Save Lives means we are one step closer to a solution to protect our communities,” said Deacon Tom Cartwright, San Diego Organizing Project leader at City of Hope International Church.
Later that month, we were in a tough fight to approve a resolution supporting AB 392 in the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Our county representatives failed to see its weight in ensuring positive relationships between our communities and police.
In May, San Diego City Council voted in favor of a resolution to support California’s Act to Save Lives. A few weeks after, the California Assembly also voted in support, bringing it one step closer to becoming law.
In July, the bill passed the state Senate and is currently pending Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature.
As we wait for bill AB 392 to be signed at the governor’s desk, we will continue to track the bill’s journey. Join us in ensuring safer policing by keeping up with AB 392 on Twitter or joining our email list to receive action notifications.