Protect the People
Protect our communities and save lives
The killings of people like Stephon Clark in Sacramento, and far too many others, have laid bare a painful truth: our laws protect the police, not the people — and especially not people of color.
California has some of the highest rates of killings in the nation, with police in Kern County having killed more people per capita than in any other county in the U.S. What’s more, California is one of the most secretive states in the country when it comes to releasing basic information about how departments investigate these killings and confirmed police misconduct.
Fortunately, California lawmakers have introduced landmark legislation to keep communities safe and police accountable:
- AB 931 (Weber) will reduce the number of police killings by updating California’s deadly use of force standard to require that police only use deadly force when absolutely necessary.
- SB 1421 (Skinner) will open up police records related to serious uses of force and misconduct, like when police plant evidence or falsify police reports.
We have seen far too many people killed by police to keep relying on the same deadly use of force standard or continue judging these killings in secret. Email your state senator and ask them to protect our communities and save lives by supporting AB 931 and SB 1421.
- California State Senate