On the morning of Wednesday, May 29 2019, Bend the Arc South Bay members Miriam Schulman and Rhona Mahony met with staff of their Assembly Member, Marc Berman of District 24. at his local office in Los Altos to urge him to vote “Aye” on AB 392, the California Act to Save Lives.
This bill restricts when law enforcement officers in the State of California may use deadly force. The Assembly released amendments to the bill last week, on Thursday, May 23. According to the Los Angeles Times, Governor Newsom pressured police lobbyists to find a compromise they could accept. The bill’s current language does not stress that officers must always de-escalate when safe to do so. It does require that officers use force only when necessary, and deadly force only when necessary to prevent immediate danger to people’s lives. Both of these requirements are valuable reforms of current law.
Berman’s staff member Ruth Ferguson and two summer interns were generous with their time. Ferguson said that Berman had already spoken with our organizing partner, PACT of San Jose, an affiliate of PICO.