Add your name: California Jews demand restrictions on the use of deadly force by police

Add your name: California Jews demand restrictions on the use of deadly force by police

To the California Legislative Jewish Caucus:

Our current laws allow police to use deadly force regardless of whether it was necessary and with little to no accountability. Communities of color and poor Californians are disproportionately impacted by this violence.

As members of the Jewish community, we urge you to pass AB 392 to restrict the use of deadly force and require de-escalation tactics.

We also ask you to oppose SB 230, a bill drafted and supported by the law enforcement lobby, which provides no real accountability.

We are calling on all members of the California Jewish Legislative Caucus to take leadership to save lives by championing AB 392 and opposing SB 230.

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Why We Need to Pass AB 392:

Police officers are shooting, suffocating, and tasering our fellow Californians with little to no consequences. This violence disproportionately impacts Black, Latino, and poor communities.

Our Jewish tradition compels us speak out and act against injustice — and our current laws around police use of force are a profound injustice.

The California Act to Save Lives (AB 392) would require law enforcement officers to use de-escalation tactics whenever possible and avoid using deadly force unless it is the only way to prevent death or serious bodily injury.

Here’s why this law is so crucial:

  • Under California's current law, police can use deadly force regardless of whether it was necessary to prevent death or serious bodily injury and regardless of whether there were available alternatives.
  • California police kill people at a rate 37% higher than the national average per capita.
  • In 2017, California police killed 172 people, more than two-thirds of whom were people of color

As Jews, we must act in solidarity with Black, Latinx, and indigenous communities, who are killed at the highest rates by law enforcement.

Californians deserve safety and accountability. We will continue to make it clear that California Jews support an end to police use of deadly force.

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