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California eyes new lethal force law that would significantly restrict when officers can fire

California eyes new lethal force law that would significantly restrict when officers can fire

Several state lawmakers and the family of a 22-year-old unarmed black man fatally shot by police are proposing Tuesday that California become the first state to significantly restrict when officers can open fire.

The proposed legislation would change the current "reasonable force" rule to a "necessary force" standard.

That means officers would be allowed to shoot only if "there were no other reasonable alternatives to the use of deadly force" to prevent imminent serious injury or death, said American Civil Liberties Union legislative advocate Lizzie Buchen, whose organization is among the groups behind the bill.

The goal is to encourage...

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