|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|May 10, 2021||referred to codes|
senate Bill S6615
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Codes Committee
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S6615 (ACTIVE) - Details
S6615 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S6615 SPONSOR: PARKER TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to justifying the use of force by police officers and peace officers and to the excessive use of police force PURPOSE: To improve law enforcement practices and increase accountability concerning civilian deaths caused by police officers or peace officers, this legislation amends the law that justifies use of force by police officers and peace officers in order to ensure that. alternatives to force or lower levels of force are used before officers use significant physical force or lethal force on civilians; and it ensures that prose- cutors have increased options to identify a just outcome where law enforcement causes harm to individuals. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
S6615 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 6615 2021-2022 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E May 10, 2021 ___________ Introduced by Sen. PARKER -- (at request of the Attorney General) -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to justifying the use of force by police officers and peace officers and to the excessive use of police force THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 35.30 of the penal law, as added by chapter 73 of the laws of 1968, the opening paragraph of subdivision 1, subdivisions 2 and 3, the opening paragraph and paragraph (a) of subdivision 4 and subdivision 5 as amended by chapter 511 of the laws of 2004, paragraph (c) of subdivision 1 as amended by chapter 843 of the laws of 1980, and paragraph (b) of subdivision 4 as amended by chapter 264 of the laws of 2003, is amended to read as follows: § 35.30 Justification; use of physical force in making an arrest or in preventing an escape. 1. A police officer or a peace officer, in the course of effecting or attempting to effect an arrest THAT THE OFFICER REASONABLY BELIEVES IS LAWFUL, or of preventing or attempting to prevent the escape from custo- dy, of a person whom he or she reasonably believes to have committed an offense, may use physical force when and to the extent he or she reason- ably believes such to be necessary to effect the arrest, or to prevent the escape from custody, or in self-defense or to defend a third person from what he or she reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of physical force; except that deadly physical force may be used for such purposes only when he or she reasonably believes that: (a) [The offense committed by such person was: (i) a felony or an attempt to commit a felony involving the use or attempted use or threatened imminent use of physical force against a person; or EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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