California Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs Lethal Force Bill into Law

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Monday permitting law enforcement officers to only use lethal force when "necessary."

California Governor Gavin Newsom signs legislation into law rewriting when law enforcement is permitted to use lethal force while protecting local communities.

Newsom signed the bill into law in Sacramento on Monday which mandates officers can only use lethal force when “necessary,” tightening the former standard.

When evaluating whether police officers have acted in accordance with the new law, officials will evaluate each circumstance in its entirety before and after he or she deployed lethal force.

Before the legislation was signed into law, law enforcement officers were permitted to use lethal force when it was “reasonable” to do so.

Newsom touted the measure before signing it saying he hopes other states will follow California’s example.

Newson weighed in on the new law saying, “We are doing something today that stretches the boundaries of possibility and sends a message to people all across this country.”

The law ultimately was passed with bipartisan support and displays a compromise between both civil rights groups and law enforcement officials.

The president of the California Police Chiefs Association released a statement touting the measure saying, “We will continue to work closely with our state leaders to ensure these policies are implemented effectively to achieve positive public safety outcomes in our communities throughout the state.”

The new law is set to take effect in January 2020.

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