IN SUM, this proposed law would prevent officers from carrying out the death penalty on untried civilians in the street or in jails.
Under this law, failures by officers would result in criminal penalties. But it's primary goal is to save lives--their own, the lives of innocent civilians, and the lives of people whose alleged crimes would not result in the death penalty, even if they were later found guilty.
In time, this law would help to stabilize the relationship between law enforcement agencies and the community, and under the direction of defense specialists and non-lethal weapons experts, will train officers on non-lethal and de-escalation techniques and approaches because murder would be off the table.
We are all community. We are in this together. And I believe we can save lives.
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