CA Governor Newsom Signs Bill Allowing Able-Bodied Citizens to Ignore ‘Police Officers in Distress’

In a stunning move, progressive Governor Newsom signed a bill that will now allow able-bodied citizens to refuse to help police officers in need of help.

California can’t stop proving how much they hate law and order.

In a stunning move, progressive California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will now allow able-bodied citizens to refuse to help police officers in need of assistance.

The old Cali law stated that any able-bodied, 18-year+ person was legally-bound to help a police officer who requested help during an arrest. Anyone who refused the request could be charged with a misdemeanor and fined up to $1000 dollars.

Now, however, able-bodied people are free to just stand there and watch a cop get pummeled by a bad guy.


Critics of the old law claim that it was originally in place to help round up runaway slaves?

We’re not sure what the bills original intent was, however, it’s clear that given today’s attacks on law enforcement, the original law would go a long way in helping police officers, by asking California citizens to assist them if they need help.

It could save their life. 

After all, police officers are American men and women with families, who like you and me, just want to make it home safely at the end of their work shift. These people risk life and limb to keep us safe, it seems we could help them if they needed it, right?

Good grief.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, on Tuesday signed a bill that no longer requires any “able-bodied person 18 years of age or older” in the state to help an officer who requests assistance during an arrest.

The Sacramento Bee reported that the old law, the California Posse Comitatus Act of 1872, was common in the country’s early days, but Sen. Bob Hertzberg, a Los Angeles Democrat who sponsored the bill, called the old law a “vestige of a bygone era.” The law was employed to help catch runaway slaves, the report said. The old law made it a misdemeanor that carried a fine of up to $1,000 for refusing to help a police officer who requested assistance during an arrest.

The report said Newsom did not issue a statement after signing the bill.

The California State Sheriff’s Association said in a statement that it is “unconvinced that this statute should be repealed.” [Fox News]

Just two weeks ago California enacted a law on “police use of lethal force”… The new law states lethal force can be used “only when necessary,” which somehow suggests that prior to this, police have been roaming the streets of California killing people on a whim.


CBS SF Bay Area reported on that new law:

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