We need your help to pass SB 230
With the District Attorney’s decision this past weekend, the California State legislature is going to start being pressured to support either Assembly Member Shirley Weber’s bill, AB 392, which changes the standard from reasonable force to necessary force or Senator Anna Caballero’s bill, SB 230 which mainly advocates for additional training for law enforcement and addressing the mental health crisis we are seeing in our communities.
We need your help to pass SB 230. As you know, last year law enforcement associations across California worked to defeat dangerous legislation regarding changes in the laws that govern peace officer use of force. The ACLU and their allies want to make it easier to prosecute police officers who are forced to make split-second decisions under dangerous conditions. This year, they’re at it again. And we need your help.
The ACLU has sponsored AB 392, which is essentially the same bill they failed to pass last year. It will do nothing to improve community or officer safety. Law enforcement associations, however, are supporting SB 230, authored by State Senator Anna Caballero. This bill will set requirements for departments to adopt use-of-force policies and participate in trainings that include de-escalation tactics, reasonable alternatives to deadly force, and interactions with vulnerable populations, such as the mentally ill. We must pass SB 230.
Here is how you can help:
- Send an e-mail to your state legislators expressing your support for SB 230 by clicking this link. A sample email is already written for you. It will take you no more than 1 minute to complete. If you use Twitter, the on-line tool will let you tweet at your representatives as well.
- Watch this ad that addresses the false narrative pushed by the ACLU and share it on your social media.
- Watch this ad that explains the important training SB 230 provides police officers and share it on your social media.
- Follow Protect California, our coalition leading this effort, to stay up to speed on the latest developments with SB 230 and other issues important to law enforcement. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
If you do nothing else, please take less than one minute of your time and click this link to submit a letter to your state representatives asking them to support SB 230.
DEPUTY SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION
Sergeant Kevin Mickelson