New Bill Would End the Use Of Police K-9 Units

Drug cartels and the Democrats that support the unlimited use of drugs will be pushing hard to get rid of K-9;s from the police arsenal,  These dogs sniff out the drugs—cartels and Democrats do not like that.  If they really opposed drugs they would be calling for the closing of the border.  If they opposed drugs that would end the California Sanctuary State that protects drug dealers coming into the U.S. with their death pills and powders.

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““The way [Jackson] is putting it is that it is like the 1960’s South out there or something with all police dogs going after people. That is so wrong. Using dogs for arrest and apprehension is used in dangerous situations, not willy-nilly. K-9 units are called in specifically for those types of cases, as well as for things like drugs. As for using dogs during crowd control… they’re leashed and only used as a last resort. They aren’t being sent whenever. They are there in case lives are in danger and they save lives.”

This will add to the crime wave and make California even more dangerous—just as the Democrats want it.

New Bill Would End the Use Of Police K-9 Units

‘The way [Assemblyman Jackson] is putting it is that it is like the 1960’s South’

By Evan Symon, California Globe,  2/13/23  

A bill that would end the use of police K-9 units, also known as police units involving trained police dogs, in many criminal situations was introduced to the Assembly on Monday.

Assembly Bill 742, authored by Assemblyman Corey Jackson (D-Moreno Valley), would specifically end the use of K-9 units for arrest, apprehension, and crowd control. As the bill has yet to be fully submitted, it is unknown what, if any, exceptions there are, such as if a K-9 unit is on an emergency call or if there are a shortage of regular units. AB 742 would not ban K-9 units entirely, as they would still be allowed for search and rescue, explosive detection, and narcotic detection that does not include the use of biting.

Assemblyman Jackson said he authored the bill in response to the high number of injuries reported with police dogs, as well as the historical use of K-9 units disproportionately against African-Americans and other people of color. “The use of police canines has inflicted brutal violence and lifelong trauma on Black Americans and communities of color,” Assemblyman Dr. Corey A. Jackson said in a statement. “This bill marks a turning point in the fight to end this cruel and inhumane practice and build trust between the police and the communities they serve.”

“Today we announce the introduction of AB 742,” said Assemblyman Jackson on Monday in front of the Capitol Building in Sacramento. “This bill seeks to end a deeply racialized, traumatic, and harmful practice by prohibiting the use of police K-9s for arrest, apprehension, and crowd control. We have to understand that the use of police K-9s have been a mainstay in this country’s dehumanization and it’s cruel and violent history.”

“It is an abuse for black Americans and people of color and this has been done for centuries. Police K-9s remain a gross misuse of force and victimize black and brown people disproportionately. The need for AB 742 is needed not only through a historic perspective but also through the clear racial disparities in the data that we see every year.”

Carlos Marquez III of the ACLU added that “It’s time for California to take a stand and end this inhumane practice.”

Law Enforcement, Public Safety groups deride bill

However, AB 742 received a quick backlash from law enforcement officials and public safety groups, who said that police dogs were essential for many police tasks, including apprehending suspects. Many also pointed to statistics that showed that while there were some outlying cases of deaths caused by police dogs and injuries’ caused by bites, the vast majority of cases helped bring in criminals without the use of force from officers and didn’t need to escalate the situation to using non-lethal weapons or firearms.

“No one is arguing that irresponsible, criminal and negligent use of a canine is unacceptable, which is why we have such strict standards and laws on how and when canines can be used,”  Chief Chris Catren, President of the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) responded on Monday. “But removing a non-lethal and highly effective law enforcement ally, which is used primarily to de-escalate and diffuse volatile scenarios, gravely hinders our police officers’ safety and ability to reduce the amount of force used in those circumstances. The fact is that canines reduce more force than they ever use and banning them goes too far.”

Others explained that AB 742 would deprive police of a valuable unit that saves lives.

“This is another one of California’s absolutely insane bills,” said former police officer and K-9 unit member Ronald Davis to the Globe on Monday. “First of all, there are numerous court cases that allow these dogs to be used, especially in cases when the suspect was seen to have a gun. We have higher courts saying that police dog use of force does not violate the Fourth Amendment. So even if this passes, this is going right to court and is going to be held up from being implemented while it’s heard.”

“Second of all, for every case of a dog biting someone, there are so many more where a dog took down a dangerous suspect that could have injured officers or others. Any K-9 officer will tell you that the dog that we’re partnered with has saved lives. I’ve seen dogs wrestle down suspects who had been holding handguns and knives. All those instances of dogs causing a bite injury to someone? Look at how many happened because the suspect had a gun or other weapon drawn, or if lives were at risk, or if they were threatening people with violence. It’s nearly all cases.”

“The way [Jackson] is putting it is that it is like the 1960’s South out there or something with all police dogs going after people. That is so wrong. Using dogs for arrest and apprehension is used in dangerous situations, not willy-nilly. K-9 units are called in specifically for those types of cases, as well as for things like drugs. As for using dogs during crowd control… they’re leashed and only used as a last resort. They aren’t being sent whenever. They are there in case lives are in danger and they save lives.”

AB 742 is expected to be heard in Assembly Committees soon.

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Comments

  1. Hon. Larry Bowler (Lt. (RET)) says

    As a former Law Enforcement Officer, one-time K9 Unit Commander (though not a dog handler) and Republican Legislator, I object to Assemblyman Corey Jackson, a Democrat, the effort to disarm even yet again this effective tool of the cop on the street. The Bad Guy here is Mr. Jackson. He needs to be held accountable, just as any suspect in any offense.

  2. Illegal drugs are a cash and carry business. No one knows how many pay off envelopes stuffed with cash get handed off every day at EVERY level of our society. To maintain a status quo for a multi billion dollar business that is effectively killing over a hundred thousand Americans every year.
    It is a sad commentary on our lack of ability as a nation to educate (scare) our populous into rejecting the drug salesmen that infiltrate our society. They are selling poison that kills people and yet victims are still wanting to believe a sales pitch that the “high” is worth taking the chance.
    Dogs are mans best friend, let them continue to help save our lives.
    People that do not want the dogs probably prefer there envelopes.

  3. Robert Melville says

    CONGRATULATIONS! ASSEMBLYMAN JACKSON. YOU HAVE SUCCEDED IN CHECKING OFF THE REQUIRED BOXES TO CONTINUE THE BRAINWASHING OF CA. MINORITIES. KEEP THE VICTIM-OLOGY ALIVE BY DROPPING WORDS SUCH AS SLAVE, CIVIL RIGHTS AND OF COURSE BLM. INSTEAD, HOW ABOUT THE SAME EFFORT FOR INCREASED COMMUNITY RELATIONS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT. START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT WHAT LAW ENFORCEMENT CAN TEACH THE COMMUNITY WHEN POLICE REQUEST YOUR ATTENTION. MAY I SUGGEST STARTING WITH: DON’T RUN!!!!!!!!! REMEMBER ON THE SIDE OF POLICE VEHICLES IT SAYS,” TO PROTECT AND SERVE”.

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