CA pastor: So who decides when deadly force is 'necessary'?

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

police SWAT shooterA conservative black activist is concerned that a controversial new bill imposing further restrictions on police use of force places law enforcement officers in greater danger.

The measure signed by California Governor Gavin Newsom will take effect on January 1, changing his state's existing lethal force standards to require that deadly force may only be used when "absolutely necessary." Newsom's office says it will encourage law enforcement "to train on and use de-escalation techniques like verbal persuasion and other crisis intervention methods."

Some have described Assembly Bill 392 as one of the toughest standards in the nation for when law enforcement officers can use deadly force. The sponsor of the legislation, Democratic Assemblymember Shirley Weber, said the new law moves the state "closer to a culture of policing … that values and preserves human life." Still, some supporters of the bill have complained that the restrictions don't go far enough.

Pastor Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of the Los Angeles-based Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, is not a fan of the new law. He's curious who lawmakers think should determine when force is necessary.

Peterson

"This governor is putting the cops' lives on the line [by] telling them they can't use force. If they don't use force, they have nothing left for them – they can't do anything," Peterson states. "My heart goes out to the cops. I wouldn't be surprised and wouldn't blame them at all if they all just resigned and let the governor handle the crime in the cities."

The ministry founder points out that Governor Newsom and most legislators supporting the legislation don't live in the crime-infested neighborhoods.

"They're living behind gated fences. They have bodyguards who are armed," he describes. "So they don't have to deal with all the mess that is happening in Los Angeles right now. That's why they don't care about the effect of what they're doing, because they don't have to deal with it."

AB 392 passed with bipartisan support after major police organizations won concessions.

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