California Poised for Independent Review of Deadly Police Shootings

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The California Department of Justice expects to investigate between 40 and 50 deadly police shootings of unarmed people every year after passing a state bill requiring the state to investigate such shootings, reports Courthouse News Service. Assembly Bill 1506 was signed into law last September by Gov. Gavin Newsom and will require independent review in order to remove any conflicts of interest of law enforcement leading the investigations of deadly police shootings of unarmed people. The law will require the Attorney General’s Office to submit a report on each incident and if necessary, initiate criminal proceedings.

The law went into effect July 1 and was funded by $15.3 million appropriated under the 2021-2022 California budget. No deadly police shootings prior to July 1 will be investigated under this law. California Attorney General Rob Bonta said his office established two California Police Shooting Investigation Teams, called CaPSIT, which will be in charge of investigating qualifying shootings. One team will be located in Sacramento and the other in Los Angeles, the California cities with the highest number of shootings of unarmed people. No police shootings are currently under review by the California DOJ.

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