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5 ways police shooting investigations could become more transparent

April 4, 2018

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With the police shooting of an unarmed young black man once again on the front pages, California State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) Tuesday introduced a bill that would mandate the public release of police investigations into officer shootings and other serious uses of force.

California law currently prohibits the release of any information related to a police officer’s personnel file. That includes investigations into officer shootings or other serious uses of force.

Here are five things you would learn if SB 1421 passes the state legislature and is signed into law by the governor.

1.  Whether a police shooting or serious use of force was deemed justified by a police chief or sheriff...

2.  Whether the officer was disciplined...

3.  The full extent of an investigation into a police shooting or serious use of force…

4.  Which officers were found by department investigators to have engaged in sexual assault...

5.  Which officers were found by department investigators to have engaged in lying, planting evidence or falsifying records(more)

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