A family photo shows Stephon Clark, whose fatal shooting 18. March of Sacramento, Calif., the police triggered a debate among state legislators about the standard that the police use of deadly force.
California is trying to change the standard, when police officers use of deadly force under the new law, cleared its first hurdle Tuesday.
Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a San Diego Democrat, was the new measure, saying, now is the time to change to a “reasonable force standard,” which has not yet been updated in the state since 1872. “It needs to be guided by the objectives of the protection of human life,” she said during a Statehouse debate in Sacramento.
A Senate Committee advanced a plan that would police open fire threat only in situations and of serious injuries or possible death of the officer or other person.
Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a San Diego Democrat, was the new measure of police use of force.
This would change the existing standard of “reasonable fear”, where the police can use deadly force, if the officials believe they have reason to fear for their safety.
The new legislation comes amid criticism that police officers rarely face the consequences for shooting someone, for controversial reasons.
California has not yet recovered from the 18. March killing of Stephon Clark, was shot and killed by the police in Sacramento after officers mistook his cell phone for a handgun.
But pro-law enforcement groups are of the opinion that the new standard could have a detrimental effect on the officers the ability to ensure public safety, how is it you defend to approach hesitant suspects out of fear, not in the situation yourself
Why the legislature should not change the standard for police use of force https://t.co/IgZDjGaPX6
— David E. Mastagni (@David Mastagni) June 16, 2018
David Mastagni, a lobbyist for the California Peace Officers Association, said the proposed language of the bill created “a review of second-guessing game, only the officers in danger, but puts the public in danger.”
Randy Perry, the representative for the several rank-and-file police unions, which, with 90,000 employees, called it “a radical departure from the criminal-and constitutional law.”
Democrats on the Committee admitted that law enforcement authorities difficulties and dangers in the workplace, but insisted that the initiative would every make the sure, how it is promoted de-escalation would be and promote trust between police and minorities in the state.
“It always blows me away, if law enforcement only fear for your life only if you said in front of black and brown people,” state Sen. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena. “We have no problem with law enforcement, we have a problem with racism.”
“It always blows me away, if law enforcement only fear for your life only when you are in front of the black and brown people. We have no problem with law enforcement, we have a problem with racism.”
– California state Sen. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena
State sen. Jeff Stone, R-Temecula, was the only state legislator who spoke out against the proposed changes, in accordance with the claims of pro-police groups about officers becoming less and less likely to respond to calls for help.
@SenJeffStone stands for law enforcement. Click here to see the video: https://t.co/j2d2nZ8dbm pic.twitter.com/zULbFaK9nP
— Jeff Stone (@SenJeffStone) June 19, 2018
Still, most of the legislators agreed that the standard of the police should be changed with violence, in a bid to protect public safety.
“We are all in agreement that we want to police officers in danger, but we want to also said not to the General public in harm’s way,” state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco,.
The measure goes to another Committee.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @Lukas mikelionis.