The Partnership won a hard-fought battle to protect police officers against criminal prosecution for split-second decisions made during life-and-death criminal encounters.
In its original form, AB 392 would have put peace officers at risk for criminal prosecution, forcing them to second-guess their decisions, slowing their response time when seconds matter and jeopardizing their lives and the lives of the people they protect. Through legislative negotiations, we were able to change a bad law before it got officers killed or imprisoned — eliminating the provisions that threatened officers. This bill has passed the Assembly and is now in the Senate (as of June 3, 2019).
Rather than criminalizing police, the Partnership supports SB 230 to increase and improve use-of-force training. The bill would standardize use-of-force training throughout the state, and provide clear use-of-force guidelines on how to deescalate the need for force, use proportionate alternatives to force, prevent and report excessive force by other officers and interact with vulnerable populations. It has already passed the State Senate 38-0 and is now in the Assembly (as of June 3, 2019).
MAKE VIOLENT CRIMES “VIOLENT” UNDER CALIFORNIA LAW
A series of crimes most people consider serious and violent are not classified “violent” under California law — including rape of an unconscious person, trafficking a minor for sex, domestic violence and assault on a police officer. As a result, thousands of inmates convicted of serious and violent crimes, including sexual assault and child molestation, are eligible for early prison release under Prop 57.
The “Keep California Safe Act” has qualified for the November 2020 ballot. The initiative expands the state’s list of “violent” crimes to prevent the early release of serious and violent criminals, including child molesters and sex offenders.
The initiative also fixes other flaws in Props 47 and 57, which have fueled steep increases in shoplifting, car break-ins and other property crimes.
In March 2019, Governor Newsom went against his own campaign promise — to respect the will of the electorate by following and implementing the law — and imposed a moratorium on (ended) the death penalty in California, at least while he's in office. He chose the state's most monstrous murderers, rapists and torturers over victims, who were shown no mercy by these criminals, or the Governor himself.
We urge Governor Newsom to respect the will of California voters, who three times in the past seven years have made it absolutely clear that they support the death penalty.
Please click here to let the Governor know how you feel about his choosing to show mercy to vicious murderers like the following, instead of victims' families:
Charles Ng was convicted of kidnapping, torturing and murdering six men, three women and two babies, though authorities believe he actually brutalized and killed more than 25.
Lawrence "Pliers" Bittaker
Lawrence Bittacker (aka "Pliers") and his partner kidnapped, raped and murdered five young girls along Pacific Coast Highway in 1979 — but not before using sledgehammers, ice picks and vice grip pliers to stab, mutilate and torture them.
Tiequon Cox brutally murdered Ebora Alexander, her daughter, Dietra Alexander, and two grandsons, 8-year-old Damon Bonner and 13-year-old Damani Garner — all were shot in the head.
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