• Expands the authority for a peace officer to use physical force, subject to the requirement to exercise reasonable care, in additional specific circumstances.
• Modifies the requirement to exercise reasonable care before using force, including defining "de-escalation tactics" and clarifying when de- escalation tactics and less lethal alternatives must be used by a peace officer before using physical or deadly force.
• Provides that the standard for use of force by peace officers does not limit or restrict a peace officer's authority or responsibility to perform lifesaving measures or perform community caretaking functions to protect health and safety, and does not prevent a peace officer from responding to requests for assistance or service by specified individuals and members of the public .
Received in the Senate on February 1, 2022
Referred to the Senate Law & Justice Committee on February 1, 2022
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 18, 2022