It’s time to put more teeth in a California law that requires disclosure of police records. State lawmakers who claim they want to reform policing should walk the talk by lining up behind a new, badly needed transparency bill authored by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley.
Public access to police disciplinary and use-of-force cases in California would be greatly expanded under legislation released Monday, including records about racist and discriminatory acts by officers.
State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduced two new police reform bills on Monday that would provide more public access to misconduct records, and divert responses to some emergencies away from armed officers.
A California senator on Monday introduced two bills, which are aimed at expanding and strengthening a "landmark" police transparency law by adding a review of all use-of-force records and allegations of bias, as well as reforming the state's 911 system to direct social service calls away from police.
State Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Berkeley Democrat who chairs the Senate Public Safety Committee, said she intends to hold an oversight hearing but also expects that the Legislature will vote on the proposal by the Aug. 31 close of the legislative session.