Bill to Decertify Officers Fired for Misconduct Passes California Senate 28-9

September 08, 2021

The California State Senate passed a measure Wednesday that will create a process to decertify police officers who are fired because of misconduct.

Senate Bill 2, which passed the state assembly on a mostly party-line vote of 46-18 last week, won a majority of California's Senate votes in a 28-9 victory. Now, the bill will be sent to Governor Gavin Newsom's desk to be signed.

"The time is now to create a fair and transparent decertification system in California," bill author Senator Steven Bradford said. "Our communities must have faith that all of the officers in California are held to the highest standard and will be held accountable for their actions."

The police accountability bill comes after California Democrats made a promise to work against police brutality and corruption following the murder of George Floyd in the summer of 2020. California is one of only four states without a process to decertify officers fired for misconduct. The state does have such processes for doctors, nurses and attorneys.

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