In First, Black Men Lead Both California Public Safety PanelsThe first African American lawmakers to lead the California Legislature’s public safety committees at the same time promised Tuesday to bring “radical change” to improve the treatment of Black and Latino people by law enforcement.
California Advisory Board Urges Bias Reviews Of Police Officers' Social MediaCalifornia police agencies should routinely review officers' social media, cellphones and computers for racist, bigoted or other offensive content that contributes to disproportionate police stops of Black people, a state advisory board said Monday.
'Legal Equalizer' App Helps People Know Their Rights, Safely Interact With Police: 'Accountability On All Sides For Everybody'The Founder and CEO of the Legal Equalizer app hopes that it will help to de-escalate situations between police and citizens by providing accountability on all sides.
Ban On Chokeholds Among California Criminal Justice ReformsSpurred by the slayings of George Floyd and other Black people in police custody across the country, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday banned certain chokeholds as he approved several new laws designed to increase oversight of the criminal justice system.
California Lawmakers Failed To Pass Meaningful Police Reform Bills, Activists SayThe flurry of legislation came in the wake of the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black people across the US this year -- incidents which ignited months of protests and calls for social justice.
Police Unions Help Defeat California Bill On Removing Problem CopsPolice unions and other law enforcement organizations went into overdrive to thwart a measure that would have added California to the majority of states that can end the careers of officers with troubled histories.
California Bill To Permanently Strip Badges From 'Bad Officers' FailsA bill that would allow "bad officers" to be permanently stripped of their badges failed to pass the California Legislature on Monday as state lawmakers could not muster enough support to pass one of the year's top policing reform bills.
California Considers Police Reforms As Session End NearsCounty supervisors could increase their oversight of sheriffs under one of several pending legislative proposals that gained momentum Friday in the wake of national unrest after the death in May of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
California Eyes 11 Police Reforms After George Floyd's DeathCalifornia lawmakers are pushing to enact nearly a dozen policing reform laws driven by nationwide outrage and protests after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in May. Lawmakers have until Aug. 31 to approve and send legislation to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
West Sacramento Shifts Money Within Police Department To Crisis Intervention TeamWest Sacramento is restructuring its police department by shifting money away from police officers and putting it toward a crisis intervention team.
NorCal City Moves Toward Removing Police From Traffic StopsThe city of Berkeley moved forward Wednesday with a proposal to eliminate police from conducting traffic stops and instead use unarmed civilian city workers as part of a broad overhaul of law enforcement.