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The ACLU along with a number of statewide organizations are supporting AB 392: The California Act to Save Lives. Too many families have been shattered by police violence in California. Police should never take a human life when they have alternatives. While this seems like a common-sense standard, it isn’t the current practice. We need to bring California law up to date and in line with best practices to avoid deadly shootings and ensure public safety.
The California Act to Save Lives (AB 392) authored by Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber will save lives and ensure that officers avoid the use of deadly force at every possible opportunity. AB 392 is modeled after best practices already in place in a number of departments across the country– and that we know work to reduce deadly use of force. Specifically, AB 392 will:
Clarify that police should use deadly force only when there are no alternatives.
Require de-escalation whenever possible.
Hold officers accountable when deadly force wasn’t necessary to prevent death or serious bodily injury, and when the officers’ conduct created the circumstances that led to deadly use of force.
We expect the bill to be voted on the floor of the Assembly this week. We do not have a date yet but expect it to be a tight vote. Two critical votes are based out of North County - Tasha Boerner Horvath and Brian Maienschein. Both of their offices need to hear from their constituents that they need to vote in favor of this bill.
It would be great if folks could contact their offices to voice their support and ask for an Aye vote.
Contact info for their offices is below. Attached please find a factsheet that explains the bill and some talking points you can use in your call if it is helpful.
Contact info for Asm. Boerner Horvath and Maienschein’s offices:
Asm. Tasha Boerner Horvath, 76th District
804 Pier View Way, Suite 100
Oceanside, CA 92054
District Office Number: (760) 433-7601
District Director’s Email: Katie Sadd, Kathleen.Sadd@asm.ca.gov
Asm. Brian Maienschein, 77th District
12396 World Trade Drive, Suite 118
San Diego, CA 92128
District Office Number: (858) 675-0077
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Christie Hill | Deputy Advocacy Director
American Civil Liberties Union
of San Diego & Imperial Counties
Direct: (619) 398-4181
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