*Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson and other Los Angeles civil rights leaders on Sunday September 19 demanded that California Governor Gavin Newsom sign the bill that will ban rogue cops from being employed by other California police departments. Newsom has not said whether he’ll sign or veto the bill.
“Newsom’s delay in signing the bill passed by the legislature that would ban cops terminated for misconduct from being employed by other California police departments is unconscionable,” says Hutchinson, ” it sends the wrong message that police unions that oppose it can sway his decision to do the wrong thing and veto the bill. This case would continue the practice of allowing bad cops to be recycled to other California police departments.”
For background on the bill, check out the report below.
California remains one of just four states without a way of decertifying officers despite nationwide protests over the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis that have driven reform efforts.
The state Assembly on a 46-18 vote approved what has become the marquee criminal justice reform measure of this legislative session, sending a softened version back to the Senate for a final vote before the Legislature adjourns for the year on September 10.
“This is not an anti-police bill. This is an accountability bill. Without any accountability, we lose the integrity of the badge, and the bond with the community is broken,” said Democratic Assemblywoman Akilah Weber, who carried the bill in the Assembly.
The amended bill, she said, “affords ample due process for officers, provides necessary community representation, and ensures that good officers are not decertified.”
Law enforcement organizations and those who opposed the bill agreed that the state needs a way of removing bad officers.
Read the rest of this story to remove bad cops at ABC7.