This is hard to believe, even in California. California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Tuesday that allows citizens to refuse to help a police officer. It no longer requires any “able-bodied person 18 years of age or older” in the state to help an officer who requests assistance during an arrest.
According to a report from the Sacramento Bee, the old law, the California Posse Comitatus Act of 1872, was called the old law of a “vestige of a bygone era” according to Senator Bob Hertzberg, who sponsored the new bill. The original law was put in place to help catch runaway slaves.
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) September 5, 2019
Under the old law someone could be charged with a misdemeanor and fined up to $1,000 if they did not help a police officer who requested their help during an arrest.
According to the report, Newsom did not release any type of statement after the signing of the bill.
Gov. @GavinNewsom did away with a law that made it a crime to refuse to help a police office. The nearly 150-year-old law made it a misdemeanor for failing to help police make an arrest.
What do you think of Newsom's decision? #YourVoice
— KUSI News (@KUSINews) September 5, 2019
Check out some of the reactions on Twitter:
— Deanna J Howard (@Deanna_00) September 5, 2019
And police should refuse to provide security to @GavinNewsom. This guy is a disgrace.
— John Salonia (@JohJen) September 5, 2019
@GavinNewsom Great job! Let's encourage people NOT to help police! What are you going to do when the death of a police officer could've been prevented? Not a thing! You should be ashamed of yourself! I BACK THE BLUE, wish you did!
— Chi-Town Fish (@town_fish) September 5, 2019
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This is completely insane. The police put their lives on the line in order to support the people and now it is legal to just turn your back on them when they need help.
Only in California.