Gov. Newsom to Sign 'Deadly Force' Law, Measure Designed to Avoid Shootings

August 19, 2019 - 10:08 am

A big change is coming for police officers up and down California. 

Governor Newsom will sign into law this morning a bill that changes the rules so law enforcement can only use deadly force when it is necessary. 

Under current law,  officers can open fire when they think it is reasonable. 

The changes come after a storm of protest following the deadly shooting of unarmed black man, Stephan Clark, in his grandmother's backyard in Sacramento. 

The Governor tells CNN the measure is designed to cut the number of shootings: 

The Governor says police will receive intensive new training to avoid shootings and de-escalate confrontations.