SACRAMENTO (AP) — California senators are advancing a first-in-the-nation bill to significantly change the standards for when police can open fire, acting after an emotion-charged debate over killings that have recently roiled the country.

The measure passed by a state Senate committee Tuesday would limit police use of deadly force to situations where it is necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily injury or death to the officer or another person.

California’s current “reasonable force” standard makes it rare for officers to be charged after a shooting.

Law enforcement lobbyists objected that the stricter standard could make officers hesitant to approach suspects, for fear their actions could be second-guessed. Democratic senators vehemently rejected the idea that the bill would endanger police officers.

The bill now goes to a second committee.

© Copyright 2018 CNN. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s