California Governor Gavin newsoI signed a series of policeman Reform the bills Thursday to address law enforcement misconduct that would strip officers of their badges for a series of incidents, among other measures.
Surrounded by legislators and relatives of victims delicate On the part of police officers, Newsom signed four bills that he touted would increase transparency. During his remarks, California Attorney General Rob Bonta said there is a “crisis of confidence” when it comes to law enforcement.
“We are delivering concrete solutions that range from banning dangerous warehouses that lead to suffocation to many other mechanisms that improve accountability, oversight and transparency,” he said.
But more than three dozen groups representing police officers opposed the legislation, claiming that it subjects law enforcement officers to double criminality with vague definitions of wrongdoing and calls for the use of an oversight panel that would potentially be partial and would lack experience in law enforcement. The Los Angeles Times reported.
Senate Bill 2 “simply requires that the individual officer ‘engage’ in gross misconduct, not that he or she has been convicted, fired, or even disciplined,” the California Association of Chiefs of Police wrote in a letter to the state legislators, according to the Times.
Another bill, Assembly Bill 26, was opposed by the California Highway Patrol Association, which said it participated two years ago in an effort to change state policies on the use of force, reported the Times.
The Assembly bill requires officers to intervene if they suspect a colleague is using too much force against a suspect, but the police group argued that in rapid incidents, an officer arriving at the scene of an incident might not have enough information. to determine if the force is excessive, according to the newspaper.
With the Newsom signings, California joins 46 other states that have laws on the books that allow officers to be fired for criminal acts and incidents involving racial prejudice and excessive force. The reforms also raise the minimum age for police officers from 18 to 21, prohibit some restraint techniques and limit the use of rubber bullets during protests.
“I am here as the governor of California aware that we are in a juxtaposition of being a leader in police reform and a laggard in police reform,” Newsom said from a park gym at the The Angels Gardena suburb. “We have a lot to be proud of, but there are areas that we have nothing to brag about.”
In signing the legislation, supporters chanted “Say your name,” in reference to Kenneth Ross Jr., a 25-year-old black man who was killed in 2018 when an officer shot him in the same Gardena park where Thursday’s event occurred. . A determined investigation the officer, Michael Robbins, acted legally when he shot Ross.
Ross’s mother, Fouzia Almarou, said she hopes the bill will prevent loss of life, particularly for people of color.
“This bill means a lot because it will prevent the police from attacking, targeting and being racist towards black and brown people,” he said.
Sandra Quinto Collins, Angelo Quinto’s mother, wiped away tears as she thanked lawmakers for passing the reforms. Quinto died when a San Francisco police officer pressed his knee to his neck during a mental health response call last year.
“Losing a child, losing a brother, a sister, a father, that pain, that intensity, that expression is reflected not only in the words of these two notable women and their families, but we hope it is reflected in this legislation,” Newsom said. .
The signing of the bill came later failed negotiations in Congress he stopped a bipartisan plan for police reform.