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CA Governor Signs Bill Allowing Citizens To Ignore Police Who Need Help

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I am no fan of California Governor Gavin Newsom. Frankly, I think he is a liberal menace and what he just did proves my point. This week he signed a bill that permits adults to refuse to help a police officer who needs assistance while making an arrest. That is a recipe for violence against cops and chaos in the streets. People have a moral obligation to help an officer in need… not to surround him like a pack of hyenas screaming and salivating over the thought of the officer getting hurt or worse.

The bill, SB 192, sponsored by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, (D-LA), was written to repeal the California Posse Comitatus Act of 1872; Hertzberg called the old bill a “vestige of a bygone era” that forces citizens into “an untenable moral dilemma,” as reported by The Sacramento Bee. What moral dilemma? Do you mean doing the right thing? The law required a civilian to step in and assist an officer during an arrest if necessary. For those who ‘violated’ it, they could face up to a $1,000 fine.

From the bill:

“Existing law makes an able-bodied person 18 years of age or older who neglects or refuses to join the posse comitatus or power of the county, by neglecting or refusing to aid and assist, as described, in making an arrest, retaking into custody a person who has escaped from arrest or imprisonment, or preventing a breach of the peace or the commission of any criminal offense, after being lawfully required by a uniformed peace officer or a judge, guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to punishment by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $1,000.

“This bill would repeal that provision and make conforming changes.”

This is beyond shameful even for the likes of Gavin Newsom and it will not end well for Californians or the police in that state.

From The Daily Wire:

“The California State Sheriff’s Association, which opposed the bill, stated, “There are situations in which a peace officer might look to private persons for assistance in matters of emergency or risks to public safety and we are unconvinced that this statute should be repealed.”

“The Bee noted, “The law was cited as recently as 2014 when the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office invoked posse comitatus in its defense during a lawsuit filed by a man and woman alleging they were deceived into responding to a dangerous 911 call on the office’s behalf.”

“In August, Newsom signed AB392, which directed police to “use deadly force only when necessary in defense of human life.” The bill stated:

Existing law authorizes a peace officer to use reasonable force to effect the arrest, to prevent escape, or to overcome resistance. Existing law does not require an officer to retreat or desist from an attempt to make an arrest because of resistance or threatened resistance of the person being arrested.

“It continued:

This bill would redefine the circumstances under which a homicide by a peace officer is deemed justifiable to include when the officer reasonably believes, based on the totality of the circumstances, that deadly force is necessary to defend against an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to the officer or to another person, or to apprehend a fleeing person for a felony that threatened or resulted in death or serious bodily injury, if the officer reasonably believes that the person will cause death or serious bodily injury to another unless the person is immediately apprehended.

“The word “necessary” was the key change; as the San Francisco Chronicle noted of Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, (D-San Diego), who introduced the bill, “Weber argued that current law on when police could open fire was too broad. That standard, established by the U.S. Supreme Court in a pair of cases, considers whether a ‘reasonable’ officer in a similar situation would have acted the same way.”

“The Chronicle continued, “Law enforcement organizations lobbied against the bill’s language directing police to use deadly force ‘only when necessary in defense of human life.’ They said it would put officers in danger by causing them to second-guess themselves in circumstances that call for split-second decisions.”‘

This bill actively drives a wedge between the police and civilians. Relations were already in turmoil in the big cities of California with politicians slandering police and ICE whenever they get a chance… now, this. People now are essentially told to let a cop fend for himself if he’s being overpowered by a dangerous perpetrator. It affirms the decision to stand by and film or watch while a hero’s life is in danger. Is this who we have become?

Newsom did not issue a statement when he signed the bill into law. Figures.

The law dates back nearly 150 years to California’s Wild West days when cowboys and outlaws roamed the state. Things may have changed since then but not for the better. Now we have roving gangs and criminals that control much of California. This helps them out.

Most people will do the right thing and help a police officer if they need it. In California, however, not only are the police hated and distrusted because citizens have been taught to view them that way, there are those who actively want to kill cops or see them hurt. They now have Newsom’s blessing to do so. This is so anti-police it is breathtaking. This is Newsom’s California.

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