The Rev. Al Sharpton met with California lawmakers on Tuesday and urged legislators to pick up their effort on police reforms, which civil rights leaders say have slipped this session.
Sharpton and local leaders of his National Action Network were at the Capitol to lobby in favor of AB 284, which would give local police and district attorneys the ability to ask the state attorney general's office to investigate police shootings.
The group left a meeting with Assembly Appropriations Chairwoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) hopeful that the bill would clear her committee's suspense file on Friday, which is the deadline for spending bills to advance to the floor.
"It has become clear to us that local prosecutors are compromised in their investigations," said Sharpton. "They depend on police unions to endorse their elections. And they depend on local police to do the investigations of crimes."
AB 284 has faced opposition from law enforcement groups who say the bill duplicates existing oversight.