Police Misconduct and Transparency in California with First Amendment Coalition
As national attention toward police misconduct grows, California lawmakers are seeking greater accountability for officers, in part by dramatically changing the laws governing public access to police files. Last year’s SB 1421 requires police departments to release once-secret records related to police misconduct and shootings, sparking legal battles across the state. In July, police departments will be required to release body camera footage of “critical incidents” involving the use of force. And a pending bill would impose stricter rules on when police can use deadly force.
Join us and First Amendment Coalition for a discussion that will explore the policies, the legal battles and the perspectives raised by these recent changes.
Thomas Peele, Investigative Reporter, Bay Area News Group and Co-Founder, California Reporting Project
David Snyder, Executive Director, First Amendment Coalition
David P. Mastagni, Partner, Mastagni Holstedt
State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), SB 1421 Author
Moderator Laurel Rosenhall, California Capitol Reporter, CALmatters