On June 19, 2018, Mastagni Holstedt Founding Partner David P. Mastagni testified before the California Senate Public Safety Committee in opposition to AB 931. AB 931 eliminates peace officers’ longstanding Constitutional right to a reasonableness standard in evaluating self-defense and the defense of others. The bill establishes a “necessary” standard that criminalizes an officer’s use of force if any reasonable alternative can be conjured up to second guess his or her split second decision making. This bill would radically restrict officers’ ability to protect the public and themselves by subjecting them to unprecedented criminal and civil liability.
Watch Mr. Mastagni's testimony explaining why the bill is unconstitutional and bad public policy.
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Also, read David P. Mastagni in the news regarding AB 931: