Students Plan Mass Walkout To Push 'Gun Reform' For Police

A coalition of Black Students has organized a massive student walkout to take place on Thursday.

Sacramento, CA – A coalition of Black Students has announced that it has organized a mass student walkout to demand legislation that would limit the situations in which police would be justified in using deadly force.

“March For Our Lives Too is a march in solidarity that distinctly addresses the thousands of victims of gun violence at the hands of the police departments across the nation,” Black Students coalition member Christine Hunter told the Davis Vanguard.

“This march is to call for policy and legislative reform,” Hunter declared.

Hunter said that the group has decided to hold the walkout at 12 p.m. on Thursday, in honor of the Black Panthers’ march 52 years ago.

The date was selected “to reiterate the demand the Black Panther Party initiated on May 2, 1967…when they marched on the Sacramento Capitol [building] to protest and demand an end to police murder and brutality in our communities,” Hunter said. “Over 50 years later we are reiterating this demand.”

The coalition of Black Students said its goal is to push for the passage of California Assembly Bill 392, knows as the “California Act to Save Lives.”

The bill would make it easier for prosecutors to charge law enforcement officers who use lethal force if it is determined that there were other options available, by changing the standard from “reasonable” force to “necessary” force, The Sacramento Bee reported.

Democratic Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, the bill’s main author, said that the proposed law change would “clarify law enforcement’s obligations” in order to prevent “unnecessary deaths,” according to the paper.

Instead of using lethal force, officers should verbally persuade offenders to surrender, or should utilize crisis intervention skills or other de-escalation techniques, Weber’s team declared.

“This is an act to save lives,” Sacramento State University graduate Khalil Ferguson told the Davis Vanguard.

“The use of deadly force as it stands does not equally protect the lives of citizens and law enforcement...laws and policies protect the lives of officers above the lives of the citizens they are tasked to protect,” Sacramento City College student Josh Johnson added.

Johnson alleged that the current law perpetuates “inequity,” because officers are permitted to take another life to save their own.

Police then “claim” to have been in fear for their lives so they can avoid prosecution, he said.

Keishay Swygert said that law enforcement officers need to be held accountable for what occurs during their interactions with citizens.

“We can’t rely on citizens to follow the laws if the police aren’t even doing so,” Swygert continued. “Police need to report their [actions], and drug testing [of officers] should be mandatory.”

The “Blue Lives Matter” flag should also be “abolished to respect Black lives,” she added.

“We demand police demilitarization to create safer communities,” Swygert declared. “A peaceful protest should not escalate police force in riot gear in a military force manner.”

Hunter said that police need to be particularly gentle when dealing with mentally ill citizens who are “triggered” by the presence of law enforcement officers.

California Fraternal Order of Police lobbyist Shane LaVigne pointed out glaring flaws in the proposed legislation, and said it would establish an “impossible standard” that could only be applied in “hindsight,” The Sacramento Bee reported.

LaVigne noted that police frequently face “tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving” situations that require immediate action in order to save the lives of themselves or others.

The bill calls for “superhuman decision making” abilities that are “simply not possible,” he said.

“That hesitation will result in a loss of life,” Republican Assemblyman Tom Lackey told The Sacramento Bee. “And I don’t think anyone wants that.”

The California State Sheriff’s Association (CSSA) said that the bill would also “discourage proactive policing.”

“Fearing repercussions ranging from employee discipline to criminal prosecution based on this new standard, it is possible that officers who today would purposefully put themselves in harm’s way to do their job might tomorrow decline to act,” the CSSA said.

The bill passed out of the public safety committee with a five-to-two vote on April 9.

Comments (128)
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CRESCENTSTAR
CRESCENTSTAR

Here's an idea.. how about quit breaking the law, fleeing and eluding, and resisting arrest? The police wouldn't have to use force.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

One word: Compliance.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Its never their fault....Its everyone else's fault....

..except when its their fault when they continually decide to shoot each other over meaningless petty reasons and its their fault when they try to elude and evade and refuse to comply with LEO directives when they commit a crime and are ultimately caught , and its their fault that they cannot admit the truth and refuse to take any personal responsibility for their own idiotic actions and behaviors ..and its their fault for their own stupidity and lack of any common sense in not being a law abiding person in the first place, and its their fault for believing the paranoia that everyone and everything in life is racist and its their fault in believing they are a victim . .....otherwise sure, ok "its everyone else's fault."

RogerLK
RogerLK

I know this is not possible for liability reasons, but it's too bad the black students could not ride along with the officers to see the split second decisions that have to be made. As far as the burning, these are NOT American Flags. They have already been the subject of disrespect when the blue stripe was added. I believe the police should have their own design, and not a take off of the American Flag. Just an opinion.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

By any means necessary.

James hegarty
James hegarty

Tired of these attempts to weaken laws that protect those who risk their lives to keep us safe.

Goodguys
Goodguys

Right.. let’s change the use of force laws just for one state. Just CA. That makes sense. All officers being held to a different standard in just one state compared to the other 49 after multi-decades of legal precedent and training.

Doubt it’ll happen but if it were, just watch thousands of LEO’s flee the state to where they can continue to do their jobs and not worry about coming to work with the high likelihood of being charged with a crime based on the political will of police haters. And they won’t find people to take those jobs in that environment either.

Propositions 47 and 57 already has CA circling the drain and this would be the flush that would descend them into social chaos. It is something to keep an eye on because they are already on their second try to get this use of force changed.

Next thing you know, a bullet will have to have actually left the barrel of a suspect before any action can be taken.

Goodguys
Goodguys

Nothing like showing a picture of a bunch of blue line flags on fire to show their intentions are coming from a good natured place...

JBo
JBo

"...limit the situations in which police would be justified in using deadly force..."

Righttttt...let's start with black on black murders first since more blacks are killed by other blacks in one year than by all the police officers in this country's history combined. You could also try to remember that the flags pictured are NOT Blue Lives Matter flags, the are Thin Blue Line flags. That phrase has been around since the '50s so maybe in another 65 years...that'll finally sink in.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Nothing but a bunch of ignorant ass punks!! Brainwashed by the liberal Demonrat koolaid!! Most of the violent crime in this country is committed by BLACKS!! Not by cops, not whites, not Asians but BLACKS!! And the cities with the worst crime are full blown Democratic Libtard run cities!! F--king hypocrites!!

Jsmoe
Jsmoe

Oh look more domestic terrorists.. I mean “college students”. This has to be the most uneducated statement I’ve seen “Johnson alleged that the current law perpetuates “inequity,” because officers are permitted to take another life to save their own.” Any person in any profession can take a life to save their own, it is called self defense.

MFLindsey
MFLindsey

Black Lies matter

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

ANYTHING TO KEEP RACISM ALIVE.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Oh no, the kids are going to miss school, that’ll do it. Maybe they should have a walk out to protest all the fucking criminals....

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Hey look, proper disposal of a mock American flag by burning. Way to go, patriots.

Copsdaughter1995
Copsdaughter1995

The flag should be abolished....the flag represents respect for officers it's not anti-black. I swear people are getting dumber and they push the divide. Cops don't go to work wanting kill anyone! They do their job to make the community better!!!! Maybe walk a day in their shoes in a bad neighborhood or sit with a family member of an officer who has been murdered by some criminal. Then maybe just maybe you might understand it a little better!!!! And if not then get the hell out of our country!

OldVet
OldVet

Another dumb shit idea from the snowflakes in California. Why don't these students and politicians walk the streets alone where gang bangers, drug dealers, and other thugs rule. Their attitude would change, if they survived the experience.

Shield20
Shield20

A written "Law" is going to save lives? So Police can just wave this magic law at someone and they'll handcuff themselves and immediately stop their criminal activity? Sure thing... And at what point are criminals going to start to be held accountable for their actions instead of the Police? And still calling the Blue Line flag racist and pitching that tired, worn-out lie while endorsing a racist organization... Great job... If there's still any Cops left in California, be safe, things are going to get worse...

mrschilbe
mrschilbe

Where to start....... what a bunch of stupid ideas. If they want to get rid of Blue Lives Matters, they 1) need to stop the black/brown on black/brown killings by the (two) thousands. The blacks kill more of their black brothers & black sisters then they do LEO (1 is too many) and get rid of the Black Live (don't) matter. It is a hate group that offends us white people. All that march or protest will do is let the blacks/people of color to do ghetto shopping. It's to bad that there's no fix or cure for stupid people.

Lochemet
Lochemet

"A coalition of Black Students..." - the emphasis being on "black." These are "students"? What are they studying? Anarchy? Rebellion? Hoodology? How to be a better victim? And what are they walking out on? Classes that they probably don't show up for? As was stated in the comments, if they would quit breaking the law, fleeing and eluding the Police, and resisting arrest, maybe the police would not have to use force. The main problem I see in all this is the lie that has been spread nationwide through the media that the LE is a monster and is looking for opportunities to use lethal force. I am not familiar with the statistics, but I would venture to say that the UOF incidents in relation to LE in general nationwide are very low in number. It APPEARS to be a major problem, but that is only because the media is a participant in propagating the lie that LEO are out to get blacks. There is no balance in the reality. The majority of LEO joined their force in order to serve their communities, make it a safer place, take out the criminals, and help anyone in need. The public sees very few articles/news items on this. Again, the UOF incidents, in the big picture, are very minimal. but anarchists are not interested in the truth - they can't handle the truth...

cspcapt
cspcapt

these people make me sixk, they are killing each other and blaming police.

OakwoodLT5
OakwoodLT5

Let every adult in that sign sign off on a document they do not want the police to respond if they are in trouble. We’ll see how many lives are saved?

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

These kids have no idea what a LE Officers goes through. One student says to verbally talk to the offender. I’ve been in these situations where talking doesn’t work and could cost countless lives of Officers and citizens. They need to shut up and go to school and let the officers handle things. If one of my kids was to walk out of class they wouldn’t do it anymore, I promise that!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

"Johnson alleged that the current law perpetuates “inequity,” because officers are permitted to take another life to save their own." Possibly the dumbest reason for changing the law, ever! God forbid an officer would want to preserve his own life at the hands of a @Hi_estComnDenomn . California is without a doubt the worse place in the country to live. It's a beautiful state run and occupied by morons.

stooge819
stooge819

Is this an Onion article?

K9ndn
K9ndn

Let the little bastards walk out! Let the illegals in that sanctuary state do the policing.. they are once again letting the inmates run the prison! Suspend each kid if they walk out!

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

maybe they should concern themselves more with black on black homicides.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

"When I told the suspect to get down on the ground, he pulled a gun out of his pants and shot it at me, so I considered it reasonable and necessary to shoot back because I didn't want him to shoot me." That should cover it.

Ryerver
Ryerver

l checked the FBI crime stats. 28% of persons killed by police were black. Which in terms of percentage is actually out of kilter with the entire population. But out of all crimes committed 27% is committed by blacks. So sounds to me like the percentages are even. But either way if you commit crimes be ready to pay for it one way or the other.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Why don't these black activist walk out when blacks kill blacks in droves?? Or does that not happen in their world?

Texan Blue
Texan Blue

The day they get everything that they demand (as if😂) is the day they will try to kill us all.

Stanracer
Stanracer

They should be demonstrating again the number of black people killed by.....wait for it.....OTHER BLACK PEOPLE!!!!!!!!👎

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Relocate them to Chicago or Detroit, or even St. Louis or East St. Louis then ask them about who is doing the killing. It ain't the cops!

Concerned citizen4
Concerned citizen4

The media is to blame for a lot of this. Big headlines if a criminal gets shot.
Everyday kindness and respect is hardly ever shown in the media.
Generating fear sells. Stay safe guys.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

If they burn anything, it's time to put the fire out with fire hoses with lots of pressure.

bob95648
bob95648

"Students" will be waking out. Who cares? Seems like they're never in class anyway, just at school to buy dope and cause trouble.

Remember when the Latinos "Walked Out" of their jobs to protest immigration laws? Nobody noticed and nobody cared then, either.

Stop with the identity politics.

LPD133
LPD133

Just what every LEO wants, to be second guessed and armchair quarterbacked by a jury of people who have never walked a day in a LEO's shoes and never had to fight for their own life. California, the land of fruits and nuts where snowflakes exist and multiply despite the sunshine.

retiredcop
retiredcop

Dear God, I am glad I am retired. Every retired law enforcement officer sympathizes with the ones working today. It never was the "good ole days" but it was better than it is now.

5150
5150

Why protest the relatively few blacks killed by cops and protest the many blacks killed by other blacks? The biggest killer of black men in america is other black men.

firedog36
firedog36

Why is it that all these protest group DEMAND instead of suggesting. . You are in school, probably on my taxes, to learn, not to protest. All walkouts should be kicked out. When you become a productive member of society and contribute your skills to society , then you can question society.

GForce48
GForce48

Another glaring example of why we can't entrust our collective security into the hands of Dems/libs/socialists as they don't have the safety interests of American citizens as their priority!

floridacop
floridacop

i find it funny they feel the need to burn the flag, call cops racist pigs, say we should be killed, and other stupid crap but when crap hits the fan who are the first people they call the people they talk so negative of.

Vladpryde
Vladpryde

Obey the law. It's really not hard to do. And if you are mentally competent enough that you can identify a police officer, then you're not mentally ill.....you just don't want to be arrested.

Doctomzach
Doctomzach

Remove white cops from black communities or all cops. Then no blacks will be shot.

ikaika
ikaika

It's frightening that this bill passed out of the public safety committee with a 5 to 2 vote. What the hell? So officers will be expected to "counsel" those who are pointing guns at them or they'll be prosecuted for murder? I see more paydays coming for the families of these dead dirtbags.

Jeff1245
Jeff1245

Collect the names of all of these students with student loans from the government and take away their funding ,while you are at it start removing these professors that are creating these problems with their teachings

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

The first fucking place we need to limit the use of deadly force is in schools. If there is an imaginary disproportionate number of blacks being killed by LEO's they should be prohibited from responding inside any school where black students attend. Hopefully this will make BLM happy and we can save those imaginary blacks from being harmed.

bluknight
bluknight

Why don't we let the talking suits ride along, and do a shoot or don't shoot training, which is not real nor has real stress, and see how these begging for votes politicians do instead of just talking. I can draw and fire from the holster before any of these talking suits can pull the trigger to defend themselves, now add in twenty other options to decide on in milliseconds, and you may as well make YOUR police department change its name to Kamikaze Cops because this is what you want. You want the bad guy to get all the odds and leave the cops hanging out to killed. So many cops already are being killed since Barry started the anti-cop movement with his professor friend, YES, we remember! The right of self-defense is beyond contestation by wingnuts trying to prevent people from dying that are trying to kill a cop who is executing his sworn duty. You must all be nuts in the ivory towers.

Bstn
Bstn

As soon as I read headline I knew thus had to be happening here in California, this state is nessed up and the kuds who come to our colleges get messed up in the head too. How unbelievably assinine on these students parts, sheltered, know nothings who believe the lies the media has been headlining in the recent years!! All these kids need to go on ride a longs at night with a big agency up near their college!!

Vrodgirl
Vrodgirl

Are the parents of these "students" paying their tuition or are these student loans or perhaps sponsored by some charity? I don't care what color they are, stupid white kids do it too before even knowing or caring what life and responsibility really are. It makes me sick to my stomach