This week, state legislative leaders including Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Governor Gavin Newsom reached a historic agreement on police use-of-force bill AB 392, authored by Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber. Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party, issued the following statement.
"Two months ago, the San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee voted in favor of a resolution supporting Assembly Bill 392, authored by our own Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber.
"The editorial boards of The San Diego Union-Tribune and The Sacramento Bee, victims' advocacy organizations across the state, and countless others declared in one loud voice that California must update its outdated law on deadly use-of-force.
"I am so proud and thankful for the leadership displayed this week by our San Diego legislative delegation, Senate pro Tempore Atkins, Assembly Speaker Rendon, and Governor Newsom's offices.
"When our Democratic leaders stand on principle, when we all lead with our party's values, we win, and we are able to make change for our communities, our state, and our country.
"AB 392 is not an unpracticed, never-before-implemented change in policing, nor is it some radical departure from the norm. It is a common-sense bill modeled after the best practices already in place in police departments across America. These best practices have saved lives and have moved forward in restoring trust in law enforcement throughout those communities.
"If the positive results from AB 392 have proven to work elsewhere, they can work in San Diego, Sacramento, and throughout California."