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AB-855 Department of Justice: law enforcement policies on the use of deadly force.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today


 Title 4.8 (commencing with Section 13660) is added to Part 4 of the Penal Code, to read:

TITLE 4.8. Law Enforcement Policies on the Use of Deadly Force

 (a) The Attorney General shall convene a task force within the Civil Rights Enforcement Section of the Department of Justice to study officer-involved shootings throughout the state and to develop policy recommendations and a model written policy or general order for the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers, with the goal of promulgating best practices and reducing the number of deadly force incidents that are unjustified, unnecessary, or preventable.
(b) The task force described in subdivision (a) shall, by no later than July 1, 2022, prepare a report detailing its findings and recommendations, including a model written policy or general order that may be adopted for use by law enforcement agencies.
(c) The report and model policy described in subdivision (b) shall be made available, upon request, to any law enforcement agency in the state. The department shall also post the report and policy on its internet website.
 (a) Commencing on July 1, 2021, the Attorney General shall operate a program within the Civil Rights Enforcement Section of the Department of Justice to review the use of deadly force policies of California law enforcement agencies. Subject to available resources and the discretion of the Attorney General, this program shall review deadly force policies of law enforcement agencies that request review.
(b) The program shall make specific and customized recommendations to any law enforcement agency that requests a review pursuant to this section, based on those policies identified as recommended best practices in the task force report developed pursuant to Section 13660.
(c) For purposes of this section, a law enforcement agency means a municipal police department, a county sheriff’s department, the Department of the California Highway Patrol, or the University of California or California State University police departments.
(d)  This title does not limit the Attorney General’s authority under the California Constitution or any applicable state law.