By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) On Thursday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a piece of legislation passed by the Democrat supermajority Legislature that will make it even more undesirable to be a police officer in their state.
The new bill allows people to refuse to help a police officer when he asks for assistance during an arrest, which is sure to lead to even more disrespect for cops and less help overall — in an era where Democrats have already made it tough to be a police officer.
The bill, SB 192, sponsored by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, (D-Los Angeles), was written to repeal the California Posse Comitatus Act of 1872. Hertzberg described the old legislation as a “vestige of a bygone era” that forces citizens into “an untenable moral dilemma,” as reported byÂ The Sacramento Bee.
TheÂ bill states:
Existing law makes an able-bodied person 18 years of age or older who neglects or refuses to join the posse comitatus or power of the county, by neglecting or refusing to aid and assist, as described, in making an arrest, retaking into custody a person who has escaped from arrest or imprisonment, or preventing a breach of the peace or the commission of any criminal offense, after being lawfully required by a uniformed peace officer or a judge, guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to punishment by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $1,000.
This bill would repeal that provision and make conforming changes.
As expected, police organizations in the state opposed the bill, but that didn’t matter much to Dems who are trying to create more anarchy on the streets for some reason.
“There are situations in which a peace officer might look to private persons for assistance in matters of emergency or risks to public safety and we are unconvinced that this statute should be repealed,” the California State Sheriffâ€™s Association said in a statement.
Well, right. Because while Posses might be from “a bygone era,” crime certainly hasn’t gone anywhere nor has the need for police officers. The thin blue line, which, according to various reports is getting thinner by the day thanks to Democrat legislation like this and cop hate fomented by Left-wing groups that support Democrats, is still just as necessary today to maintain peace and order as always.
Democrats, however, don’t think so.
This new anti-cop legislation — and that’s what it is — comes after an earlier anti-cop bill Newsom signed in August. AB392 directs police to “use deadly force only when necessary in defense of human life.”
TheÂ bill stated:
Existing law authorizes a peace officer to use reasonable force to effect the arrest, to prevent escape, or to overcome resistance. Existing law does not require an officer to retreat or desist from an attempt to make an arrest because of resistance or threatened resistance of the person being arrested.
This bill would redefine the circumstances under which a homicide by a peace officer is deemed justifiable to include when the officer reasonably believes, based on the totality of the circumstances, that deadly force is necessary to defend against an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to the officer or to another person, or to apprehend a fleeing person for a felony that threatened or resulted in death or serious bodily injury, if the officer reasonably believes that the person will cause death or serious bodily injury to another unless the person is immediately apprehended.
Well, who’s going to decide in the split second it takes to make such decisions that someone’s life is on the line? How will cops know untilÂ after the fact if they hesitate to take a deadly action because they’ve got one eye on the perpetrator and one eye on their lawyer?
What happens to an officer whoÂ doesn’t take deadly action against a suspect and the suspect is then free to murder a civilian? Is the officer going to be sued? Is his or her department going to hang them out to dry, which is increasingly happening in Left-wing Democrat-run cities?
AsÂ The Daily WireÂ reported, the word”necessary” was the key change.
TheÂ San Francisco ChronicleÂ reported on Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, (D-San Diego), who introduced the bill, “Weber argued that current law on when police could open fire was too broad. That standard, established by the U.S. Supreme Court in a pair of cases, considers whether a ‘reasonable’ officer in a similar situation would have acted the same way.”
The paper noted further, “Law enforcement organizations lobbied against the bill’s language directing police to use deadly force ‘only when necessary in defense of human life.’ They said it would put officers in danger by causing them to second-guess themselves in circumstances that call for split-second decisions.”
It’s hard to say whether Democrats are intentionally putting their police officers in danger or if their Left-wing political beliefs are so strong it prevents them from thinking these things through.
But it won’t matter to police officers in California — and other deep blue states who are sure to adopt similar legislation. They’ll be just as endangered, just as loathed, and even more estranged from the communities they signed on to protect.
At what point will the majority of police officers in these cities simply throw up their hands and say, “Why bother?” — then leave it to anti-cop Democrats to protect the public?
Talk about chaos.
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