California wants to crack down on cops and disarm them. If they can’t defund the police, they’ll make it harder to become an officer.
Police officer candidates would have to get a bachelor’s degree or turn 25 before being allowed to carry a gun and wear a badge under a bill proposed by a California lawmaker.
Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, D‑Los Angeles, introduced AB89 on Monday.
Under current state law, most peace officers have to be 18 years old and must have a high school diploma or the equivalent.
Jones-Sawyer is hoping the bill will reduce the number of times police officers shoot or harm people by adding educational and maturity components to a police officer’s basic job requirements.
California law enforcement agencies seriously hurt or killed civilians 703 times in 2019, according to Department of Justice data.