Bill to weed out bad law enforcement officers heads to Gov. Newsom

September 08, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers on Wednesday sent Gov. Gavin Newsom legislation to end the careers of bad law enforcement officers, a year after an earlier effort died without a final vote.

The measure aims to keep troubled officers from jumping from one job to another by creating a mandatory new state license, or certification, that could be permanently revoked.

"This bill allows them to rid the bad apples that we know exist, bad apples that we know exist in every profession," Democratic Sen. Steven Bradford said. "Just because you put on a uniform and a badge doesn't absolve you or make you immune to being a bad person."

California licenses more than 200 professions, he noted: "We're just adding law enforcement to that category."

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