Newsom Signs ‘George Floyd Law’ 

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The nation watched in horror the video of three police officers doing nothing to stop former Minneapolis police officer (now convicted felon) Derek Chauvin from snuffing the life out of George Floyd with a knee to his neck.

Thanks to Assemblyman Chris Holden’s police reform legislation, AB 26, such actions—or better put, inaction— will not be tolerated in California.

AB 26 establishes clear guidelines for police responsibility and accountability when witnessing excessive force by another member of law enforcement.

“Derek Chauvin was charged for killing of George Floyd, but justice for George Floyd doesn’t rest in Chauvin’s conviction alone – there were three additional officers simply stood by and watched him die,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “I thank Governor Newsom and everyone who supported AB 26 that will make it crystal clear in our state law what is a peace officer’s duty to intervene when witnessing excessive force.”

Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 26, dubbed the ‘George Floyd’ Law.

To be clear, California law required police officers to intercede when observing another officer using force that is beyond that which is necessary, but there were no universal measures used to determine that am’s Policing Advisors released their recommendations which included legislation to “Require officers to intervene to prevent or stop other officers from engaging in excessive force, false arrest, or other inappropriate conduct.”

“Today’s signing is a big step forward for police responsibility and accountability. Instituting these core values are paramount to building public trust that has eroded between law enforcement and communities across California,” said Holden.n officer has in fact interceded. 

With AB 26, police officers would be required to intercede when witnessing excessive force —including physically stopping the excessive use of force, when in a position to do so —under updated guidelines and to report the incident in real time to dispatch or the watch commander. The officer’s due process will be protected as the employing agency would review evidence and determine if the offending officer met the standard for intervention. Retaliation against officers that report violations of law or regulation of another officer to a supervisor is prohibited.

Last year, Governor Newsom’s Policing Advisors released their recommendations which included legislation to “Require officers to intervene to prevent or stop other officers from engaging in excessive force, false arrest, or other inappropriate conduct.”

“Today’s signing is a big step forward for police responsibility and accountability. Instituting these core values are paramount to building public trust that has eroded between law enforcement and communities across California,” said Holden.


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