San Diego Supes Take Stance on Lethal Force Bills

San Diego County supervisors have voiced their formal opposition to a bill that would change the state standard for officer use of lethal force and make it easier to file criminal charges against members of law enforcement. At the same time, they've thrown their support behind a rival bill supported by police.

The Board voted 3 to 2 Tuesday to oppose AB 392 which, among other things, changes the definition of justifiable lethal force from “reasonable” to “necessary.” Greg Cox and Nathan Fletcher dissented.

The Board instead voiced its approval for SB 230 — an alternative bill aimed at strengthening use of force standards with an emphasis on officer training. SB 230, which is supported by law enforcement grups, has been described as a "fake" reform effort by detractors. Ultimately, the two bills could be combined. 

Tuesday’s meeting was extremely emotional. Some attendees told supervisors they should be ashamed.

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), who authored AB 392, said she was also disappointed by the Board’s actions. 

Read more at Fox 5 San Diego


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