New laws affect deadly force policies, traffic regulations

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New laws passed last year are expected to impact things from police use of force to bicycle turning movements at intersections in the new year. The California Highway Patrol highlighted several of these new laws in an announcement at the end of December.  Assembly Bill 392 amends the standard for police use of deadly force to “objectively reasonable force.” Before the law’s enactment, deadly force was considered justified when an officer “reasonably” believed it to be necessary. Senate Bill 230 ensures that law enforcement agencies will be required to rewrite use of force policies to be in compliance with AB 392 and give officers and deputies mandatory training. Assembly Bill 1266 states that bicycles will now be able to travel straight through a right or left-hand t
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