Police Shootings

California Considering Unprecedented Law Restricting Police Firearm Use

4-3-18 – The proposed legislation would change California’s use of force laws so police may fire only when necessary rather than when reasonable.

The Bill is supported by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Sacramento leaders from the NAACP and the Black Lives Matter movement along with the grandfather of 22 year old policing shooting victim Stephon Clark.

NYT Opinion Piece | Stephon Clark: Rhythms of Tragedy

 

Rapid Response Teams

Form a network of support systems for families targeted by police assault.

Families need help navigating the police, legal system and the press. They also often need home support, help finding a counselor, and much more. 

How can you, your group or organization become a part of this network or form your own?

 

 

Supreme Court Rules for Police Officer in Excessive Force Case

April 4, 2018
The Supreme Court just showed once again how hard it is to prosecute police for unreasonable shootings. On April 2, 2018, the Court decided not to hear a case in which police shot a woman who was holding a knife but not making any threatening movements. In her dissent, Justice Sotomayor said of the officer who fired: “If this account of Kisela’s conduct sounds unreasonable, that is because it was.”

“Since the Civil War, federal law has allowed people to sue government officials, including the police, for violating their constitutional rights. But in recent years, the Supreme Court has erected a shield of immunity for police and said officers may not be sued unless victims can point to a nearly identical shooting that had been deemed unconstitutionally excessive in a previous decision.”

 

Fatal Police Shootings – STL compiled by Heather De Mian

Since Chief Dotson’s tenure began in 2012, all but two fatalities were black.

Police are not judge, jury & executioner. Even if committing an illegal act, a person has constitutionally protected rights that cannot be abused. One of those rights is the right to due process.

Nationally one black person is killed in an extrajudicial shooting every 28 hours.