California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom has allowed the far-left state to become almost unrecognizable.
California continues to allow open borders and use taxpayer money to help illegal aliens. In fact, things are so bad that California now allows illegal aliens the opportunity to serve in state and local Democratic Party leadership positions.
But Newsom kicked things up a notch this week and signed a disturbingly radical bill that no longer requires any “able-bodied person 18 years of age or older” in the state to help a police officer who requests assistance during an arrest, Fox News reports.
The nearly 150 year-old law, the California Posse Comitatus Act of 1872, made it a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $1,000 for failing to help police make an arrest or catch a fleeing suspect.
But Sen. Bob Hertzberg, a Los Angeles Democrat who sponsored the bill, said he decided to sponsor the bill after his interns proposed eliminating the law that they claim “belongs in the history books, not the law books.”
The law states:
“Every able-bodied person above 18 years of age who neglects or refuses to join the posse comitatus or power of the county, by neglecting or refusing to aid and assist in taking or arresting any person against whom there may be issued any process, or by neglecting to aid and assist in retaking any person who, after being arrested or confined, may have escaped from arrest or imprisonment, or by neglecting or refusing to aid and assist in preventing any breach of the peace, or the commission of any criminal offense, being thereto lawfully required by any uniformed peace officer, or by any peace officer described in Section 830.1, subdivision (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), or (f) of Section 830.2, or subdivision (a) of Section 830.33, who identifies himself or herself with a badge or identification card issued by the officer’s employing agency, or by any judge, is punishable by a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000).”
(Amended by Stats. 1998, Ch. 760, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 1999.)
According to Black’s Law Dictionary “posse comitatus” means “…the power or force of the county. The entire population of a county above the age of fifteen, which a sheriff may summon to his assistance in certain cases as to aid him in keeping the peace, in pursuing and arresting felons.”
In other words, Democrats are now passing bills that will allow citizens to refuse to help police.
The bill was opposed by the California State Sheriff’s Association, which said in a statement, “There are situations in which a peace officer might look to private persons for assistance in matters of emergency or risks to public safety and we are unconvinced that this statute should be repealed.”
This is incredibly dangerous given it will essentially allow bad guys to have more rights — and it’s another spit in the face of law enforcement officials who risk their lives every single day to protect their communities.