SB-2018-19-001: Investigate AB931 – Criminal Procedure: Use of Force by Peace Officers

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Senate Bill No.: SB-2018-19-001

Date: September 30, 2018

Authored by: Priscilla Ramos, Senator of Graduate Studies

Referred to: External Affairs

Committee Rec:

Senate Action: October 08, 2019

Title: Investigate AB 931-Criminal Procedure: Use of Force by Peace Officers

1.WHEREAS:The Associated Students, Inc. (AS) is the official voice of over 38,000 students at California State University Northridge; AND

2.WHEREAS:AS is the primary advocate for students at CSUN and provides excellent, meaningful programs and services designed to create and enhance a spirited, learning focused campus environment; AND

3.WHEREAS:AS is always trying to get more students involved and increase student participation within the many programs and services we offer; AND

4.WHEREAS:The state of California has the highest number of civilians killed by police officers than any other state; AND

5.WHEREAS:Of the fifteen police departments with the highest per capita rates in police killings in the nation, five are in California: Bakersfield, Stockton, Long Beach, Santa Ana and San Bernadino; AND

6.WHEREAS:Current law sanctions police use of deadly force even when officers do not face an imminent threat to life or bodily security, and even when officers have reasonable alternatives at their disposal to safely address a situation without taking anyone’s life; AND

7.WHEREAS:Existing law provides that homicide is justifiable when committed by public officers when retaking felons who have been rescued or have escaped, or when necessarily committed in arresting persons charged with a felony, and who are fleeing from justice or resisting such arrest, and may use reasonable force to effect the arrest, to prevent escape or to overcome resistance; THEREFORE LET IT BE FURTHER

1. RESOLVED: That the Associated Students strongly supports the provision of AB 931-Criminal Procedure, that makes homicide by a peace officer justifiable only if the use of force is consistent with the provisions of the bill related to deadly force; AND LET IT BE FURTHER

2. RESOLVED: That the Associated Students strongly supports the provision of AB 931-Criminal Procedure, that limits the use of deadly force by a peace officer to those situations where it is necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily injury or death to the officer or another person; AND LET IT BE FINALLY

3. RESOLVED: That copies of this resolution be distributed widely, including but not limited to the following: • Assemblymember Weber • Assemblymember McCarty • Assemblymember Holden • Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer • Senator Bradford • Senator Mitchell • Councilmember Englander • Councilmember Martinez • Councilmember Rodriguez • Dianne Harrison, CSUN President • CSUN Today • The Daily Sundial