California lawmakers approve more police records access

SAN FRANCISCOA bill that expands Californians’ right to know when police officers use excessive force is headed to the governor’s desk after a final Senate vote Thursday.

Senate Bill 16 passed with a vote of 29 in favor and 9 senators against. It also gives Californians access to records when officers make unlawful arrests or searches, and when they discriminate against protected classes. The proposal now awaits final approval by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“Communities deserve to know that those hired to protect them can be counted on to do so,” said Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who introduced the legislation. “With SB 16, we will now have the tools to

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