New Mexico ranks number one in the nation for people killed by police. Officers here can use deadly force even when it is not absolutely necessary for their safety or the safety of others and when alternatives have not been exhausted. It doesn't have to be this way.
SB 227 will change the standard for use of force to “necessary,” ensuring that officers cannot use physical force upon another person unless the officer has exhausted de-escalation tactics and that such force is proportionate and necessary to prevent an imminent threat of harm to an identifiable person. Research shows that officers at departments with stricter use-of-force policies are less likely to be killed or seriously injured themselves and are less likely to injure or kill others.
Tell legislators: Make sure officers only use deadly force as a last resort.
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