Editorial: Are Newsom and Legislature serious about police reform?

December 20, 2020

They should back state Sen. Nancy Skinner’s bill to strengthen California’s police records disclosure laws and state Sen. Steven Bradford’s push to set up a police certification system as 45 other states already have done.

For decades, police in California enjoyed wide-reaching protections against disclosure of their misbehavior. Then a 2018 state law, enacted with the passage of Skinner’s SB 1421, started to pry open the door. The law requires police agencies to release documents pertaining to cops’ discharge of firearms, use of major force, sexual assault and dishonesty.

 

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