California Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Curb Police Use of Force, Increase Transparency

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A San Francisco police car sits parked in front of the Hall of Justice on February 27, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Democratic Assemblymembers Shirley Weber and Kevin McCarty proposed legislation on Tuesday that would allow police officers to use deadly force only to prevent serious bodily injury or death. The bill, if enacted, would be the first in the nation to restrict when police can shoot. Meanwhile, Senator Nancy Skinner introduced a bill this week requiring law enforcement agencies to give the public access to police disciplinary records. The bills are being introduced as the state reels from the officer-involved fatal shootings of Stephon Clark on March 18 and Shaleem Tindle on January 3. We discuss the proposed legislation.