What else is California doing?

Following George Floyd’s death in 2020, California passed a new law formally banning the use of chokeholds and neck restraints by law enforcement. Gov. Newsom also signed a law requiring the state’s attorney general to investigate fatal police shootings of unarmed civilians. 

In 2021, several police reform bills are under consideration in the Legislature:

  • AB 26 would require officers to intervene if they see colleagues using excessive force
  • AB 48 would limit law enforcement’s use of projectiles (such as rubber bullets) and chemical agents (such as tear gas) to break up protests
  • AB 89 would set tougher requirements to become a law enforcement officer, requiring new officers under age 25 to have at least a bachelor’s degree
  • AB 594 would prohibit law enforcement agencies from investigating deadly uses of force by their own officers, instead putting that responsibility on the district attorney or another law enforcement agency
  • AB 603 would require local governments and state agencies to publicly post online information about settlements they pay in response to allegations of improper police conduct
  • AB 718 would require law enforcement agencies to investigate allegations against officers accused of sexual assault, causing death or injuries or lying even if they resign — and require reporting the findings to the officer’s new employer
  • SB 2 would create a statewide process for decertifying police officers for misconduct — something most states already do
  • SB 16 would expand the circumstances in which police records can be made public, to include internal investigations that found officers used excessive force, made unlawful arrests or searches, or engaged in racist or prejudiced conduct
  • SB 271 would expand who can become a sheriff by allowing any registered voter to run for the office, replacing the current law that requires candidates to be law enforcement officers