California would lift some of the secrecy surrounding shootings by police under a measure that advanced in the Legislature according to the Associated Press.
The California Senate has approved the public release of police reports when officers are found to have improperly used force or discharged a firearm, committed sexual assaults on the job or have been dishonest in their official duties.
It’s becoming clear to at least some legislators that police union protection of bad cops has become absurd.
The Senate measure is a first step in helping restore public trust amid a national outcry over the all-to-common racially motivated police killings of the poor, the homeless, the mentally-ill, and people of color .
“There is great distrust in this state and in this country as it relates to law enforcement,” said Democratic Sen. Steven Bradford of Gardena. “They should be held to the same accountability as anyone else.”
Naturally Republicans backed the police, and their extra-constitutional killings.
Republicans continued their support for exempting the police from the rigorous demands limiting the use of force by the U.S. Constitution.
To the delight of police union lobbyists, Sen. Jeff Stone of Temecula said the measure could open officers to more attacks and criticism.
The bill now moves to the Assembly.