SACRAMENTO, CA – August 30, 2019 California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law, SB-192 Posse comitatus, removing the California Posse Comitatus Act of 1872. (Read text of law 1872 law here).
This Federal law states that it is “a misdemeanor for any ‘able-bodied person 18 years of age or older’ to refuse a police officer’s call for assistance in making an arrest.” Sacramento Bee
Section 150 of California Penal code and Section 1550 of the California Penal code, which enacted the Federal law at the State level, have now been repealed in full under SB 192 text here.
Senate Bill 192 (SB 192) was sponsored by Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles, calling it “a vestige of a bygone era”.
In a statement from the California State Sheriff’s Association, “There are situations in which a peace officer might look to private persons for assistance in matters of emergency or risk to public safety and we are unconvinced that this statute should be repealed. “
Governor Gavin Newsom made no signing statement.