SACRAMENTO (AP) — California would lift some of the secrecy surrounding reports on shootings and other use of force by police under a bill advancing in the Legislature.
Senators on Wednesday approved allowing public release of records when police 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.READ MORE: Fremont Police Release Body Cam Footage In Fatal Shooting Of Suspect On Highway 84
Democratic state Sen. Nancy Skinner of Berkeley says her bill would help restore public trust in police during a time of national angst over shootings of minorities by police. She says current California law is among the nation’s most secretive.READ MORE: Antioch Police Officer Shoots Man With Knife; Man In Stable Condition
Republican Sen. Jeff Stone of Temecula says the disclosure could open officers to more attacks and criticism.
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