Nonprofit Backed by ACLU Settles Suit Over Deadly Force Law Interpretation


The ACLU Foundation of Southern California and the American Civil Liberties Union announced a settlement Tuesday of a lawsuit in which a nonprofit organization sued the city of Pomona in a complaint that alleged police lobbying groups had created a misinformation campaign over a 2019 state law on officer shootings.

AB 392 mandates that deadly force can be used only when necessary in defense of human life. But according to the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit, the state’s largest police lobbying and special interest group, the Police Officers Research Association of California, undermined the law’s implementation by falsely declaring it was not a significant change in use of deadly force levels.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of members of Gente Organizada, a community-based, nonprofit social-action organization that became involved in efforts to hold police accountable because of the Pomona Police Department’s alleged history of violence against young people, according to the ACLU.



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