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Thursday, September 3, 2015

CA - Thug cops kill body camera bills; nothing but handwringing from Cali’s feckless pols

As a reaction to national news reports about police killings, the California Legislature had introduced a flurry of bills designed to provide better oversight of law-enforcement officials.
In May, this column was optimistic about the focus on this long-neglected matter, and wondered whether the Capitol was seeing a civil-liberties rebound.
Legislators who pushed for new oversight and accountability laws warned that they had a tough road to hoe given the power of the state’s law-enforcement unions. Sure enough, the centerpiece of the police-oversight-reform effort — creating policies that regulate the use of police body cameras — has fared poorly.
Source: Hope for body-camera bills fades amid special-interest power – Steven Greenhut, San Diego Union-Tribune.