Sacramento, CA — The California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) announce they have removed their support for the newly amended Assembly Bill 1196 by Assembly member Mike Gipson (D-Carson), and moves to opposition in light of serious concerns with the additional restrictions on restraint techniques that are subjective and unclear.
“The added language expands the bill’s scope in a way that lacks the clarity and specificity an issue of this magnitude deserves,” said CPCA President Eric Nunez. “No police chief supports prolonged force being used against an individual who is not resisting, but we cannot take away necessary tools needed to overcome combative suspects and expect our peace officers to be able to keep the public safe.”
The amendments were a surprise to CPCA and went into print last night. As amended, AB 1196 adds a prohibition on “techniques or transport methods that involve a substantial risk of positional asphyxia.” Although the legislation does attempt to define “positional asphyxia” to add clarity, the definition is open-ended and also vague in many respects. Furthermore, AB 1196 has an urgency clause, meaning the bill would take effect immediately upon the Governor’s signature and therefore provides absolutely no time to retrain officers or update agency policies to this new standard.
“We cannot rush the major changes these amendments make to law enforcement without adequate debate and input from all sides,” said Nunez. “We have reached out to Assemblymember Gipson to share our concerns and reopen the line of communication.”
With the California Legislature set to reconvene on July 27th, there will only be roughly five weeks left in the legislative session to work out any remaining issues. Currently, there are more than a dozen gut-and-amend bills that make major changes to public safety that have been proposed in the last several weeks, none of which have yet to be debated in any public hearings.
AB 1196, which originally removed the chokehold and carotid restraint, was initially part of the CPCA platform that was announced earlier this month, #CaLeadingTheWay, which sets forth a pathway to not only improve policing, but also address the larger social inequities throughout California in order to continue leading the Nation forward.
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