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Appeals Court: California Must Unseal Secret Files That Hide Police Misconduct
February 6, 2020
Activists, some news agencies and civil rights groups across the state are applauding a California court decision last week to reject an appeal that would have overturned Senate Bill 1421.    ... read more »
Report in Kendrec McDade Case Reveals Police Misconduct
December 29, 2015
A new copy of an independent consultant’s report on the 2012 fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by Pasadena police officers includes more criticism of the way the city’s police department handled the investigation into the killing, ... read more »
Report Reveals Alarming Amount of Systemic Police and Prosecutorial Misconduct
October 1, 2020
While researchers of a new report released on Tuesday, Sept. 15, said it’s hard to summarize the enormity of the harm Burge and his underlings inflicted their victims, and what Anderson did, they did piece together a critical and comprehensive study on tainted cases that have only underscored why Americans – particularly Black people – have lost trust in the police and prosecutors. ... read more »
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Former police chief convicted of misconduct in office
December 7, 2016
A former small-town police chief who claims he was ousted by local officials for refusing to fire two other black officers has been convicted of misconduct in office. ... read more »
Inglewood Police and CHP Accused of Misconduct
July 3, 2008
Brandon Baines A 25-year-old African-American man is alleging that officers from the Inglewood Police Department and the California Highway Patrol used excessive force in detaining—but not arresting—him while his car was being repossessed on June 27. ... read more »
Beatings, buried videos a pattern at Louisiana State Police
September 14, 2021
The most violent videos languished for years, lost or ignored in a digital vault. Louisiana State Police troopers and top brass alike would often look the other way, even as officers took to official messaging channels to banter about their brutality.In one video, white troopers can be seen slamming a Black man against a police cruiser after finding marijuana in his car, throwing him to the ground and repeatedly punching him — all while he is handcuffed. ... read more »
DOJ Seeks to Clean up Police Departments Around the Country
May 13, 2021
“… if the U.S. Justice Department develops evidence that a local or state entity like a police department is failing to abide by the U.S. Constitution or other federal laws, it can go to federal court and seek an order of some kind requiring the entity to cease its illegal activity and perhaps implement some measures to prevent its recurrence,” Caitlin Kizielewicz, a spokesperson for the Crime and Justice Research Alliance, told NNPA Newswire. ... read more »
Senator Bradford and Pro Tem Atkins Introduce Police Decertification Bill
December 10, 2020
This week, Senator Bradford (D-Gardena) and Senate President pro Tempore Atkins (D-San Diego) introduced Senate Bill 2 to increase accountability for law enforcement officers that commit serious misconduct and illegally violate a person’s civil rights. ... read more »
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California eyes 11 police reforms after George Floyd’s death
August 10, 2020
California lawmakers are pushing to enact nearly a dozen policing reform laws driven by nationwide outrage and protests after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in May. Lawmakers have until Aug. 31 to approve and send legislation to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. ... read more »
20 Years After Disbanding its Police Department, Compton Leaders and Residents Fed Up with Sheriff’s Take to the Streets
June 18, 2020
At the time, the $12.3-million contract with the city of Compton was the most expensive among the 41 cities patrolled by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. Led by then-Mayor Omar Bradley, the five-member City council voted 4-to-1 in July 2000 to disband the Compton Police Department in hopes of getting a handle on the high homicide rate that had gripped the city and kept residents indoors in fear of their lives. ... read more »
 7 LAPD Employees Removed from Field Amid Protest Misconduct Investigations
June 11, 2020
 Nearly five dozen allegations of misconduct by Los Angeles Police Department officers during recent protests against police brutality are being investigated, and seven employees have been removed from field duty, the department announced today.  ... read more »
Bill Banning Police from Using Deadly “Sleeper Hold” Introduced in California Assembly
June 11, 2020
The legislation, AB 1196, bans law enforcement officers in the state from using carotid artery restraints to subdue and detain suspects. The chokehold — commonly called the “sleeper hold” among wrestling fans — is supposed to render victims unconscious, but it has proven to be deadly. ... read more »
Russell Simmons Leads Hip-Hop Elite in Praising New Police Reform Legislation
June 11, 2020
Def Jam Founder Russell Simmons has led a coalition of others in the rap world in praising a proposal released on Monday, June 8, by Congressional and Senate Democrats, while also pushing their own agenda. ... read more »
Mayor Eric Garcetti Looks to Find 250-Million Dollars of Cuts in the City Budget, for Police Reform and New Opportunities in Underserved Communities.
June 4, 2020
Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti announced he has responded to Obama’s call for action and signed the Mayor’s Pledge. The mayor updated the community with the current status of safety measures that will take affect immediately. The mayor was joined by Eileen Decker, President of the Los Angeles Police Commission. She spoke of the review and revision in the police department. ... read more »
California Court Eases Secrecy on Police Officer Records
August 27, 2019
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Monday expanded rules for telling suspects that they’ve been arrested by a police officer who has previously been accused of taking bribes, ... read more »
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