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September 03, 2020

When the California legislation closed up their session for the year the other night, and after press reporters described the “chaos” at the Capitol, it became clear that state law enforcement had helped block any police reform bills that had been initiated in the shadow of the Black Lives Matter protests. Meanwhile, police keep shooting and killing Black people.

September 02, 2020

Monday was the final day of the legislative session, and thus the final day for California lawmakers to shuttle bills off the house floors and onto Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk. This was made more difficult by coronavirus-related delays that first eliminated two months, then a handful of the very last workdays before the legislative cutoff for passing bills.

September 02, 2020

SACRAMENTO - After a bill to decertify officers who engage in serious misconduct ran against legislative deadlines Monday, the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) and leadership in the Senate and Assembly agreed to work to pursue the policy next year.

September 02, 2020

KCBS Radio Anchors Jeff Bell and Patti Reising and KCBS Radio Political Reporter Doug Sovern speak with State Senator Steven Bradford, a Democrat from the Los Angeles County city of Gardena. They discuss the recent legislative session and they failure to pass many key police reform bills. 

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September 01, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill that would allow “bad officers” to be permanently stripped of their badges failed to pass the California Legislature on Monday as state lawmakers could not muster enough support to pass one of the year's top policing reform bills.

The measure would have created a way to decertify officers found to have committed serious misconduct. The bill got a late boost from celebrity Kim Kardashian West, who tweeted that the measure is needed so officers are held accountable if they break the law.

September 01, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police unions and other law enforcement organizations went into overdrive to thwart a measure that would have added California to the majority of states that can end the careers of officers with troubled histories. It failed as lawmakers scrambled to wrap up their work, and while the nation's most populous state still has no way to permanently remove problematic officers, a number of other police reforms passed.

September 01, 2020

SACRAMENTO (CBS SF/AP) — A bill that would allow “bad officers” to be permanently stripped of their badges failed to pass the California Legislature on Monday as state lawmakers could not muster enough support to pass one of the year’s top policing reform bills.

The measure would have created a way to decertify officers found to have committed serious misconduct. The bill got a late boost from celebrity Kim Kardashian West, who tweeted that the measure is needed so officers are held accountable if they break the law.

August 31, 2020

With less than a week left in the current legislative session, California lawmakers are rushing to advance a series of bills on police force, including ones that would ban officers from administering chokeholds and firing tear gas at protesters and others that would boost accountability by making more law enforcement records open to public disclosure.

August 31, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is close to requiring independent investigations any time police kill an unarmed civilian, a move that would strip authority from local prosecutors at a time of heightened distrust between law enforcement and communities of color.

August 31, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Supporters of legislation allowing “bad officers” to be permanently stripped of their badges were twisting arms and calling out reluctant lawmakers on Monday as they struggled for votes on one of the year’s top policing reform bills.

The measure would create a way to decertify officers found to have committed serious misconduct. It faced an uphill climb on the last day of the legislative session because of vehement objections from law enforcement organizations that the proposed system is biased and lacks basic due process protections.