Will California’s new law change how police treat people in mental crises?

Now that California has passed new laws meant to reduce police shootings, a key question is how much difference they’ll make in the ways officers respond to calls to help people in mental crisis. We discuss that question with Gov. Gavin Newsom, and examine two shootings from the past—one that the new law would likely prohibit, and another that it seems less likely to change.

Listen to the episode here:

Subscribe to Force of Law wherever you listen to your podcasts.

Latest in Multimedia

Santa Monica pier, beach and walkways are still closed due to COVID-19, May 8, 2020. Photos by Lisa Hornak for CalMatters.


The spring when California stood still


“Someone will contract the virus here:” Meet homeless Californians trying to survive a pandemic

The Plaza Apartments in downtown San Francisco. Multiple tenant protection bills face key votes next week.


Podcast: A million bucks to build one low-income housing unit

Beach goers enjoy the sunshine in San Francisco on April 7, 2020. Last week, the CDC recommended that everyone wear protective masks while in public to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters


California’s response to coronavirus, explained

california coronavirus hospitals


Listen: California hospitals prep for coronavirus — and life afterward

Composite image with collection of photos from Coronavirus and COVID-19 images.


Timeline: California reacts to coronavirus