February 1, 2012
Professor John Myers testified before the California Assembly Public Safety Committee on Feb. 14 in an oversight hearing on "Use of Force: Permissible Responses."
Myers was one of five persons invited to give testimony to the committee, which was meeting in response to recent incidents at UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Oakland and Los Angeles involving the Occupy movement.
"The California statutory legal in place on this subject is good," Myers said. "The police use-of-force legal framework exists so no further legislation is needed. It's all about maintaining that balance between protest rights and the public's right to have unlawful behavior curbed."
Myers recommended additional training for police agencies that have to deal with the situations in question, noting that police have a very difficult job. He also pointed to the responsibility of citizens caught in the middle of Occupy uprisings, saying, "You can't resist what you might personally deem to be an unlawful arrest."
Myers has taught Criminal Law, Evidence and other subjects at McGeorge for more than 25 years. Other persons who gave testimony before the Assembly committee include: Michael Risher, ACLU staff attorney; Charles Evans, Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training; Barbara Attard, an oversight and police practices consultant; and John McGuinness, retired Sacramento County Sheriff.