Act now to ensure a state agency can’t shield police misconduct records
Just two years ago, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a landmark police accountability law, SB 2, that gave the state the ability to strip abusive officers of their badges. Now the Newsom administration wants to cancel the transparency part of that law, by allowing the agency tasked with this important oversight job to shield records from public view. And the administration is trying to quietly push this through the budget, avoiding the traditional policy process that gives a full airing to important law changes.
FAC stands with a broad coalition of groups opposed to this anti-transparency proposal that, if adopted, would excuse the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training from crucial public records disclosure obligations. Read our coalition opposition letter sent to lawmakers.
Join us in opposing this measure that would take California in the wrong direction.
Note: Link will take you to the website for Alliance for Californians for Community Empowerment, which has set up a one-click way to raise your voice
Make your voice heard this week, while the budget is being negotiated!
Read complete coverage by the Associated Press, “California Governor proposes rolling back access to police misconduct records.”
MORE COVERAGE & COMMENTARY
- Editorial: Gov. Gavin Newsom’s cynical attack on police oversight law (Orange County Register, 6/20/2023)
- Editorial: Newsom’s sleazy move to roll back police accountability (Mercury News, 6/15/2023)
- Groups that helped create law that strips bad cop of their badges call on Newsom to restore transparency (CBS8 San Diego, 6/14/2023)
- Concerns mount on Newsom administration’s use of budget process to fast track proposed laws (KCRA 3, 6/14/2023)
- ‘Pretty staggering’: Thousands of California police officers could be stripped of their badges under new law (San Francisco Chronicle, 6/14/2023)
- Editing a police misconduct law (Politico, 6/13/2023)
- CA law strips bad cops of their badges, now the commission doesn’t want to share personnel files (CBS8 San Diego, 5/25/2023)