Berkeley Votes To Curb Police Traffic Stops For Small Offenses, Other Significant ReformsLawmakers in Berkeley have passed sweeping police reforms, from limiting traffic stops to stricter vetting to keep biased officers off the streets.
Mayor London Breed Seeks New San Francisco Police Commission Nominees To Fill 2 VacanciesIn light of San Francisco Police Commission Vice President Damali Taylor's announcement that she's resigning from the position, Mayor London Breed's office said it's already started interviewing potential candidates for the spot.
'CopWatch SF' - Public Defender Unveils Database Of San Francisco Police Officers' Publicly Available RecordsPublic Defender Mano Raju on Wednesday unveiled his office's new data collection tool CopWatch SF, which contains a list of local police officers and their publicly available records, including complaints, lawsuits and news articles.
California Police Groups Back Requiring College Classes For Recruits As Lawmakers Seek ReformsCalifornia organizations encompassing both police chiefs and rank-and-file officers proposed legislation Thursday in the wake of recent civil unrest that they said would raise standards for police recruiting and training while increasing diversity.
San Jose Lawmakers Vote To Give City Council Power To Release Police Body Cam VideoA police reform arising from the George Floyd protests was enacted by the San Jose City Council on Tuesday. The council voted unanimously to give itself the power to release body cam video.
SF Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Measure To Create Sheriff Oversight BodySan Francisco voters appear to have overwhelmingly approved Proposition D, which would create a Sheriff's Department Oversight Board, according to the latest numbers early Wednesday morning.
Bay Area Lawmaker Would Require DA's Who Receive Police Contributions To Recuse Themselves In Misconduct CasesA bill to be introduced in December in the state Assembly would require district attorneys to recuse themselves from police misconduct cases if they have accepted campaign contributions from police unions that represent the accused officer.
'Legal Equalizer' App Helps People Know Their Rights, Safely Interact With Police: 'Accountability On All Sides For Everybody'The Founder and CEO of the Legal Equalizer app hopes that it will help to de-escalate situations between police and citizens by providing accountability on all sides.
San Jose Police Department Launches Mental Health Crisis Response TeamsThe San Jose Police Department is launching a new unit aimed at de-escalating situations involving people going through a mental health crisis.
SJ Voters Weigh Measure G's Expansion Of Independent Police Auditor PowersVoters in San Jose will have their say on whether or not to expand the powers of the Independent Police Auditor when it comes to deadly force and police brutality cases, this November.
'Faith & Blue' Kickoff At SF Church Part Of Nationwide Effort To Heal Strained Relations With PoliceIn a nationwide effort to heal strained community relationships with police departments, the first ever "Faith and Blue" day kicked off at churches in San Francisco and across the country.
San Jose City Council Votes to Allow Police to Use Rubber BulletsDespite backlash from San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and community activists, the City Council voted 10-1 on Tuesday to allow police officers to continue the use of rubber bullets and other projectile impact weapons in some crowded situations if they are directly attacked.
City Leaders, Critics Frustrated Over Slow Walnut Creek Police Reform ProcessThere was more than enough frustration to go around at the Walnut Creek City Council Tuesday night, with both city officials and some two dozen public commenters expressing growing impatience with the slow pace of local police reforms.
Police Reform: San Jose Council Considers Rubber Bullet Ban Proposed By MayorMembers of the San Jose City Council on Tuesday are discussing a proposal to ban the firing of rubber bullets during crowded protests.
Bill to Strip Badges from 'Bad Officers' Fails to Pass in State LegislatureA bill that would allow "bad officers" to be permanently stripped of their badges failed to pass the California Legislature on Monday as state lawmakers could not muster enough support to pass one of the year's top policing reform bills.