Cali Gov. Makes It Legal For Citizens To Refuse To Aid Police Who Ask For Help

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed off on the bill that ended the California Posse Comitatus Act of 1872.

Sacramento, CA – California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed off on a bill ending the requirement that citizens must help law enforcement officers if they ask for it.

Under the former law, known as the California Posse Comitatus Act of 1872, citizens faced a potential misdemeanor charge if they refused to help officers who asked for their assistance in making an arrest, The Sacramento Bee reported.

The offense was punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, according to the Associated Press.

The bill was sponsored by democratic Senator Bob Hertzberg, who said that the original law “belongs in the history books, not the law books,” the Associated Press reported.

Democratic Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove referred to the original law as “a vestige of a bygone era,” and said that the state’s law enforcement agencies have plenty of other ways to apprehend criminals on their own.

Requiring citizens to help officers who are struggling to apprehend suspects subjects those citizens to “an untenable moral dilemma,” Hertzberg declared, according to The Sacramento Bee.

Proponents of the bill further argued that the original law needed to be struck down because it had also helped law enforcement officers enforce slavery laws in the past.

Slavery was abolished years before the creation of the law.

The California State Sheriff’s Association (CSSA) opposed the bill, and noted that there are times when officers need an extra hand.

“There are situations in which a peace officer might look to private persons for assistance in matters of emergency or risks to public safety and we are unconvinced that this statute should be repealed,” the CSSA said in a statement, according to The Sacramento Bee.

Newsom did not issue a statement after he signed the bill into law on Tuesday, FOX News reported.

Comments (94)
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BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Liberals.... Disarm civilians and nueter police.... Which only promotes chaos and empowers criminals..

Justretired
Justretired

Wish the earth would take a giant s!@t right on California causing it to break loose from the US and float out to sea!

JBo
JBo

Just keep it in California...that's all I ask.

spclopr8tr
spclopr8tr

Just when you think CA can't get any crazier, the government says "hold my beer and watch this."

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Po-Po's be hoppin' mad about this, f'sure.

flybynight
flybynight

We have a bubble boy sighting.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

When something happens to HIM, His property or his Family and NO ONE will talk to the Police,,,will HE still feel the SAME. He should have NO right to WHINE when the police can find perps in major crimes.

CalamityJane
CalamityJane

LEOs leave CA. Let them fend for themselves. SMDH!

Mihall
Mihall

Maybe this guy needs his security detail to refuse to work with him. Time to wake up LEO's.

gennette
gennette

How stupid is this Gov? He's wanting to get police officers killed!

Bstn
Bstn

Living & working in CA Im not sure I care he repealed this law, Ive never asked a citizen to help me phyisically apprehend a suspect and Im pretty sure if God forbid one of us is strugglig physically w/a suspect, Gavin repealing this law, wont stop a good citizen from jumping in and helping out. All he did is further proove hes anti-law!!

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Only took a few months for this guy to become the biggest a##hole California's ever had as Governor! And he has his eye's set on the presidency!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

This guy is in-fucking-real. If that’s the case then anyone who tries to help their friends from getting hurt should be illegal also.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Here are the laws they repealed...

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They have clearly revoked an officer's right to demand assistance, and made it legal to disregard an officers order to do anything that might help effect an arrest.

CitizenCare
CitizenCare

I promise this isn't Cali as a whole. All of these people are implants. They were too extreme for whatever east coast town they lived in and decided to move to the land of fruit and nuts. They ruined my State

Les_gpt
Les_gpt

When LEOs, LEO supporters and unions work tirelessly to defend and absolve bad cops why would anyone expect the community to accept being forced to do police work. A large number of spectators are the very same people the police are often accused of mistreating.

BigPhil
BigPhil

Does this mean that the gov. and these other asshole politicians will giving up their security details so the LEOs can back up their brothers in blue.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

First off, I didn't know it was a crime to refuse aid. It's one thing to not obey, when being questioned or placed under arrest. However, not interfering in a fight or gun battle should never be a crime. If an officer is bleeding and asks you to call 911, only a lowlife scum wouldn't, but again it shouldn't be a crime not to, anymore than not calling for an ordinary citizen. This announcement is probably the most pathetic thing I have EVER heard out of a politicians mouth. It doesn't matter if it's a crime or not, it's a matter of right and wrong. This fucking low life, POS, bastard motherfucker should be taken out back and horsewhipped for basically telling the world that Blue Lives Don't Matter in California!

Mihall
Mihall

This guy just like the NYC Mayor needs to get the message if you don't support us then we don't support you. If something happens clown you're on you own. Enough said.

Pat1978
Pat1978

Generally, I would not want help from civilians unless I was at the point where I probably wouldn't be able to ask for it. The one time a guy tried to help me (I was doing fine) he became more of a concern than a relief. He was way too excited and I had no idea what his real intentions might be (he had a mullet). He was pretty cool in retrospect but scary at the time because he was standing to my left and slightly behind me while I was getting a theft suspect's left hand out from under his belly to get the other cuff on.

Janken
Janken

California people are nuts. I feel sorry for the police. I am very old but I would do anything I could to help a police officer in need

RedPissed
RedPissed

The majority of Californians stand with the Blue!

tfort
tfort

Ever see what cops do when they show up and it looks like their brother is in a fight?

This just saved the lives of innocent citizens.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Wait, so California had a law that said if a cop needs help he can order a civilian to help him? and if the civilian doesn't, they are guilty of a crime? Not sure if i would agree with this law..... is the civilian was injured assisting the cop, would the department's workman's comp cover them? if the criminal made an excessive force complaint, or filed assault charges against the cop, would the city's lawyer defend the civilian? if the civilian started hitting the criminal with a baseball bat and was sued, would the city cover all of his legal expenses?

This law DOESN'T stop anyone from helping an officer in need, nor does it help a cop asking (and receiving) assistance from a member of the public. Most decent people would help an officer who needed assistance. The repeal of this law doesn't change any of that.

Cyndieloo
Cyndieloo

I'm so sad to see what this governor is doing to our law enforcement. How the hell did he get into office, seriously!

Vickimac
Vickimac

His reality is very different than mine!! If he only had to live like the majority of us.
They have destroyed California and far from finished!!

Toymover
Toymover

Is it the Air or the Water there?? Maybe the Cops should all take a Day off.

cspcapt
cspcapt

Is California a real state ? Or is it just run by a bunch of idiots

cspcapt
cspcapt

Hey I got an idea, let's make all the illegal aliens cops and let them protect the governor and the people of the state

magnumforc
magnumforc

A primary lesson is never protect a politician. If they are being attacked simply let them defend themselves and wait to see how it turns out. No duty to help them either.

Cross Blue zone19
Cross Blue zone19

Newsom, you pos!!! I hope you have a home invasion and nobody shows up to help!!! Pos!!!

les0060
les0060

Any police officer that needs help, I will be there to help you anytime.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Having been militarily trained and then working with law enforcement, but not an officer, I would always come to the aid of the officer without even being asked!

I refuse to stand by and watch a LEO struggle to get control of a suspect or get harmed in carrying out their duties.

selracer
selracer

What come around goes around..lots of jobs out there...put a fence around that shit hole and all the Great people wearing the shield need to walk away.

LuluBelle
LuluBelle

California can't break off into the ocean soon enough.