SB 311 outlines weak use-of-force language and expands officer protections when using force. This bill would establish more protections for police officers, rather than enacting strong use-of-force policies. SB 311 does not address policies needed to end police violence, but rather moves in the opposite direction.
We must end excessive force used by officers and strengthen police accountability. The standard for use of force must be “necessary,” ensuring that officers cannot use physical force upon another person, unless the officer has exhausted de-escalation tactics and the force is proportionate and necessary to prevent an imminent threat of harm to an identifiable person.