Wednesday, August 12, 2015

New CA law helps promote transparency in police killing cases

CA Governor “Jerry Brown signed into law Tuesday a measure that prohibits grand juries (which meet in secret and have secret proceedings) to decide whether to charge officers in cases involving excessive or deadly force by law enforcement, and another affirming the public’s right to take audio or video recordings of police officers.

Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) offered the grand juries measure in response to high-profile incidents in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City, where grand juries declined to indict police officers for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, respectively.

Mitchell said her bill, SB 227, would help make judicial proceedings more transparent and accountable. Los Angeles and Santa Clara counties already have opted not to use grand juries when an officer's actions may have caused someone's death.”  The decision to charge the officer would be made by the prosecutor

Both these measures should help insure more transparency and public confidence.

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