(SACRAMENTO, CA, 8/30/18) – The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) today expressed its disappointment with the tabling of a crucial police use-of-force bill but applauded the passage of two other key bills involving bullying and business licenses for immigrants.

Assembly Bill 931, the Police Accountability & Community Protection Act, introduced by Assembly members Shirley Weber and Kevin McCarty and a priority CAIR-CA bill, would have authorized police officers to use deadly force only when necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily injury or death.

READ: AB-931 Criminal procedure: Use of force by peace officers

AB 931 was prompted by the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark in Sacramento in March.

The bill was tabled by the Legislature on Wednesday night.

READ: Bill limiting police use of lethal force stalls in the California Legislature (S.F. Chronicle)

“We are disappointed that the state Legislature did not step up to save lives and take steps to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the community,” said CAIR-CA Legislative & Government Affairs Coordinator Yannina Casillas. “We are committed to change the use-of-force policy that has led to so many unnecessary deaths.”

Raj Manni, the father of Stephon Clark’s fiancee, Salena Manni, wrote an impassioned plea to pass the legislation earlier this week.

READ: Raj Manni: To prevent more Stephon Clarks, pass AB 931 (Sac Bee)

AB 2291, introduced by Assemblyman David Chiu and co-sponsored by CAIR-CA, requires local educational agencies to adopt by Dec. 31, 2019, procedures to prevent bullying.

READ: AB-2291 School safety: bullying

CAIR-CA’s statewide report on school bullying found that 53 percent of 1,041 Muslim students in California surveyed were bullied over their religion in 2016.

READ: Unshakable: The Bullying of Muslim Students and the Unwavering Movement to Eradicate It

“It is more important now than ever to address bullying that focuses on long term impact,” Casillas said.  “The toll that Islamophobia takes on the mental health of American Muslims is significant and even more substantial for students, who are expected to bear the burden of defending against Islamophobic stereotypes while coping with possible mental distress resulting from bullying.

“AB 2291 is a step forward in advocating for learning environments free from hostility and discrimination.”

AB 2184, also introduced by Chiu and on CAIR-CA’s legislative agenda, would require cities and counties that license businesses to accept a California driver’s license or identification number, individual taxpayer identification number, or municipal identification number.

READ: AB-2184 Business licenses

“We are thrilled California has stepped up to provide immigrants with economic opportunities to thrive,” said Casillas.

All three bills were highlighted during CAIR-CA’s Muslim Day at the Capitol, which was held on April 23.

READ: More than 700 CA Muslims attend Seventh Annual Muslim Day at the Capitol

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: Yannina Casillas, CAIR-CA Government & Legislative Affairs Coordinator, 916-441-6269, ycasillas@cair.com