The Nevada Assembly has approved a bill that more clearly defines when law enforcement officers should or shouldn’t use deadly force. If AB 268 is formally passed and signed by the Governor, all Nevada State Law Enforcement agencies must adopt guidelines that approve the use of deadly force when an officer is confronted by someone who could take the life of law enforcement officer(s) or civilians. If an incident lacks such a threat, de-escalating tensions should be the #1 priority.
Each law enforcement agency shall adopt a written policy regarding the use of force. The written policy adopted by the law enforcement agency must include, without limitation: Guidelines for the use of force: Guidelines for the use of deadly force: A requirement that peace officers utilize de-escalation techniques: Crisis intervention and other alternatives to force, when feasible: A requirement that peace officers use de-escalation techniques for responding to persons with mental illness or experiencing a behavioral health crisis: A requirement that the law enforcement agency, when feasible, send a peace officer who has been trained in crisis intervention to respond to an incident involving a person who has made suicidal statements: That there are other factors for evaluating and reviewing all incidents which require the use of force. A peace officer who has been trained in crisis intervention” means a peace officer who has been issued a certificate of completion of the training program developed and approved by the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission.
In carrying out his or her duties: A peace officer shall not use deadly force against a person based on the danger that the person poses a threat to himself or herself: If a peace officer would reasonably believe that the person does not pose an imminent threat of death or serious bodily harm to the peace officer or another person: As used in this section, “peace officer” means any person upon whom some or all of the powers of a peace officer are conferred according to law.
We await to see if Assembly Bill 268 gets passed by the State Senate, or is modified sufficiently that it’s returned to the Assembly for further review.