If Democrats get what they want, it might not be safe to be a cop in California any longer.
The Mayor of Sacramento is aiming to change the authorized use of deadly force after it was announced that the 2 officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark in 2018 will not be facing criminal charges in his death.
Mayor Darrell Steinberg announced on Saturday that he is once again pushing for the laws surrounding officer-involved shootings to be changed.
It’s time for us to update our use our use of force policy to prevent more tragedies like the death of #StephonClark. I support the Weber bill in principle and will use my legislative experience to help both sides negotiate. pic.twitter.com/TzDLk4EXD8
— Darrell Steinberg (@Mayor_Steinberg) March 2, 2019
“I believe that that standard needs to be changed,” Steinberg said in an address to the Clark family. “I think the question must be, was the shooting preventable?”
Stephon Clark, 22, was killed last March after officers responded to a call of a man breaking into cars. Clark had been approached by a neighbor who claimed the young man was responsible for the break-ins. When the responding officers tried to contact Clark, he ran, ending up in his grandmother’s backyard.
Clark then refused to comply with the officers’ orders. It can been seen in the released body cam footage that the officers were yelling for him to submit, screaming, “Show me your hands! Show me your hands! Gun, gun, gun!” The officers mistook an iPhone in Clark’s hands for a gun, and to combat the potential threat, they fired their service weapons, hitting Clark 7 times and killing him.
Additional footage from a helicopter in the area showed Clark appearing to advance on the officers while they were shouting for him to give up.
District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert stated this weekend that, “Under the laws directing officers’ use of force, police were justified in using deadly force against Clark.”
For the last few years, the media has gone to war against members of law enforcement. The news and activists on social media have time and again attacked members of the police, creating a massive divide between the public and officers.
WATCH: Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert describes Stephon Clark's toxicology report. She then went on to say the mother of Clark's children called 911 two days prior to his death to report a domestic violence incident. https://t.co/XVmdtT2n6a pic.twitter.com/8qtKbyx3LQ
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) March 2, 2019
As the law currently stands in most states, officers are authorized to administer deadly force if they are in fear for their lives. This statute has drawn criticism for the public, with the opposition claiming that it’s too subjective to be accurately measured. But if the laws change, we will undoubtedly see a rise in line of duty deaths. These controversies are leading to officers second-guessing themselves in situations that require split-second decision-making.
“Today’s announcement only deepens our commitment to changing the legal standard from whether a shooting was reasonable to whether it could have been prevented,” the mayor said after the DA’s statement. “Today’s announcement only deepens our commitment to making sustained and meaningful investments in our neighborhoods and our young people.”
In a protest following the Stephon Clark announcement, over 80 arrests were made.
Assembly Bill 392 “would redefine the circumstances under which a homicide by a peace officer is deemed justifiable.”
Looks like it might finally be time for police officers to leave California.