Bill to Protect Demonstrators from Police Violence Passes Senate Public Safety Committee

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SACRAMENTO Building on California’s historic police use of force standards signed into law last year, the Senate Public Safety committee today on a 5 to 1 vote passed Assembly Bill 66 by State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to set clear standards on the use of “less lethal” weapons by law enforcement officers.

“We’ve watched in horror as rubber bullets and tear gas have been used on protesters exercising their first amendment rights, causing serious life-threatening injuries,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez said. “It’s time that we have a statewide standard on these uses of force, and ensure police officers are not endangering the lives of individuals who pose no threat to others.”

A coalition of state legislators is joining Gonzalez in this effort, including Assemblymembers Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles), Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), Cristina Garcia (D-Los Angeles), Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) and David Chiu (D-San Francisco), and Senators Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles), Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) and Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco).

In recent demonstrations where Californians demanded justice for Black lives, law enforcement agencies deployed so-called “less lethal” weapons like tear gas, chemical agents (pepper balls or spray) and kinetic projectiles (rubber bullets, beanbags and foam rounds). These weapons at the hands of law enforcement have maimed and permanently injured protesters, bystanders, medical professionals and journalists these last few months.

As of June of this year, at least 60 protestors across the country sustained serious head injuries, including a broken jaw, traumatic brain injuries, and blindness, including seven people who have lost an eye.

In order to protect the safety of Californians exercising their right to assemble and protest, AB 66 would:

  • Prohibit the use of kinetic projectiles and chemical agents by law enforcement on peaceful protestors or to facilitate curfews;
  • Prohibit the use of tear gas by law enforcement;
  • Set clear minimum standards for use of these “less lethal” weapons by law enforcement; and
  • Require data collection on the use of, and any resulting injuries from, these “less lethal” weapons.

Under AB 66, officers may never shoot chemical agents or kinetic projectiles indiscriminately against a peaceful crowd. The clear use of force standards set by this bill will prohibit officers from aiming at any person’s head or neck.

The bill bans law enforcement’s use of tear gas, a chemical weapon outlawed in warfare since 1977. Tear gas causes burning pain in the eyes, throat and lungs for up to 30 minutes or longer and can have lethal effects on an individual who is exposed to high concentrations.

Additionally, AB 66 requires cities to request that federal law enforcement officers not use “less lethal” weapons while operating in their jurisdiction. Following today’s approval in Senate Public Safety, the bill now heads to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez represents California’s 80th Assembly District, located in southern San Diego County, including the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, and National City. She serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace, and Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. 

For more information on Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez visit https://a80.asmdc.org/

14 COMMENTS

  1. These protesters should be treated like piñatas and the police should have the freedom to rubber ball, pepper spray and baton them at any time!
    Maybe this would stop all these jobless losers from tearing up things in the name of whatever bs cause they claim.

  2. POLICE VIOLENCE???

    REALLY??

    all you Democrats are pathetically backwards
    who the hell In their right mind protects demonstrators RIOTERS from the police

    Something is seriously wrong with these people, when they start attacking their homes then they’ll do something about it until then your safety means nothing,

    OH but you better will wear a damn mask
    Or get fined

    Remember these are the same idiots trying to say that Joe Biden‘s mental capacity is normal

    No Democrat has normal mental capacity none

    Starting Monday OPEN ALL BUSINESSES we need to show these damn Democrat haters of America politicians who is in charge

    WE THE PEOPLE !!!!!

  3. I’m reminded of Mark Twain’s famous quote: “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.”

    It also applies to state legislatures.

  4. This legislation is insane and an insult to every American. It is ludicrous to even imagine. These politicians are off their rockers. We need to reduce the number of politicians because there must be too many and they are so bored they need to waste tax dollars on garbage legislation like this. I can see even more police officers quitting or just doing nothing and collecting a check. People don’t let society be reduced to a free for all. Think smart and vote smart your future and your children’s future are at stake.

  5. Sound like a bunch of tweakers. WE THE PEOPLE!! Open the stores Monday!! SHOW THEM WHO IS BOSS!! I will not wear a stupid mask, but I will not be allowed in stores. WE THE PEOPLE!! Hahahaha damn fools, you will all go back into hiding when Trump quits or loses.

  6. There are fools. And then there are dam fools. Today in the Senate we have no words for the kind of fools they are. Pandering for the votes of people who have not demonstrated what makes a peaceful protest. Let me educate. Get permit. March within the permit restrictions. Go straight home when permit ends. All others on the streets outside of permit limits are no longer protestors but law violators and all current laws are there to take control of the community from said violators. This is what the police are paid to do. Keep our communities safe.

  7. Biden doesn’t even know what city’s he’s in and can’t tell the difference between his sister and his wife. DEMENTIA!!!!

    • Trump on the possibility of his daughter posing for Playboy in 2006:

      “I don’t think Ivanka would do that, although she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

      • Clinton…”hey Monica bring me that Cuban cigar will ya?”
        Biden….”mmmm i love the smell of little girls’ hair.”
        Harris. “oh Jerry” ,squeak squeak squeak.
        Gavin “any two-some” Newsome…..”hey best buddy, nice wife you have there…”
        almost all Hollywood liberal…..” here kiddie kiddie kiddie..

        SHALL I GO ON?

  8. Maynard,
    What does that have to do with anything? It’s like saying out of the blue Obama’s daughter smokes pot.

    • Jg, this was a simple response to Ron’s comment written right above mine. I was simply supplying a quote that demonstrates that all of these politicians are a bunch of immoral, backwards, perverts. Trump is not exempt. Funny that such a quote should get you so up in arms about it lol.

      • You have a problem with a father paying his daughter a compliment? What’s the matter with you!

        • Jasmine, as the old saying goes: you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t teach it to see the moral and mental decline in its schitzotic ruling class.

  9. Actually it doesn’t because I agree with your explanation. why didn’t you say ALL the first time? You were leading me to believe you are prejudice against something. This is why I am not republican nor democrat. Have a nice day .

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