Focusing on police reform

Locals gets behind bill to restrict law enforcement’s use of lethal force

The family of Desmond Phillips (pictured), the 25-year-old who was shot and killed by local police during a mental health crisis in March 2017, announced recently that they are focusing their efforts on a state bill that would require law enforcement to “exhaust all other methods before using lethal force.”

News from the family via the Justice for Desmond Phillips Facebook page follows word they received from state Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office that he would not overturn Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey’s determination that the shooting was justified.

Assembly Bill 931, introduced by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), likely will be voted on by state lawmakers by the end of the legislative session on Friday (Aug. 31).