It’s no longer a crime in California to refuse to assist a police officer, ever since their Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law that abolished legislation requiring citizens to aid police officers who request their help in a case.
This could be detrimental to bringing justice to victims and solving criminal cases.
And, it’s just another example of what happens when liberals run things.
Check out this ridiculous news that hit Twitter:
Keep in mind this is the same state where big city boards like San Francisco's are more concerned with what to call criminals and being politically correct than combatting crime itself!
Fox News has more details on Newsom's decision to sign the bill:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, on Tuesday signed a bill that no longer requires any "able-bodied person 18 years of age or older" in the state to help an officer who requests assistance during an arrest.
The Sacramento Bee reported that the old law, the California Posse Comitatus Act of 1872, was common in the country’s early days, but Sen. Bob Hertzberg, a Los Angeles Democrat who sponsored the bill, called the old law a “vestige of a bygone era." The law was employed to help catch runaway slaves, the report said.
The old law made it a misdemeanor that carried a fine of up to $1,000 for refusing to help a police officer who requested assistance during an arrest.
The Sacramento Bee gave further insight into the legislation that the bill repealed:
A California law straight out of the Wild West could soon be no more. A state lawmaker is calling for the repeal of a law that makes it a crime to refuse to help the police.
The California Posse Comitatus Act of 1872 makes it a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 for “an able-bodied person 18 years of age or older” to refuse to comply with a cop’s call for assistance in making an arrest, recapturing a suspect fleeing custody “or preventing a breach of the peace or the commission of any criminal offense.”
That law stems from the California’s wild frontier days, when peace officers were scarce and outlaws were plenty. But it’s roots go back much further: Posse comitatus draws its origins from medieval England.
It has a history of being invoked in different forms throughout America’s early history, including through the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act, which empowered federal marshals to form posses to hunt and re-capture escaped slaves, according to Washington Post columnist and historian Dave Kopel .