Steve Bradford and Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, both Democrats from Los Angeles, spoke in sometimes intensely personal bat arising from their own experiences while previewing what they hope to accomplish together.
He has led the Assembly committee since and literally had a target placed on his head by the state prison guards' union in a campaign ad in the last election. Bradford is the only African American in the state Senate.
He takes over the committee from Sen. Nancy Skinner, a white woman from the liberal enclave of Berkeley whom both men credited with long promoting a multi-racial push for reforms. When the state Legislature reconvenes next week, the two lawmakers are planning to revive stalled bills that would allow regulators to end the careers of bad officers, open more police looking for cougar relationship to public scrutiny, strip officers of some immunity from damages in lawsuits, and require officers to intervene if they see unjustified uses of force by colleagues.
Jones-Sawyer also is seeking to boost the age and education requirements for rookie police officers. Organizations representing California police chiefs and rank-and-file officers proposed legislation in November that would require prospective officers to complete college classes addressing mental bwy, social services, psychology and communication, but would not require a degree.
You should look at it as if it was your neighborhood, and how you would treat people in your neighborhood. Jay Jordan, executive director of Californians for Safety and Justice, which advocates for reforms, said he gets emotional thinking about mmen ascension of Jones-Sawyer, 63, who was born in Arkansas, and Bradford, 60, who was born in Texas. The ongoing need for systemic criminal justice reform was shown by a report this week from the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board detailing disproportionate arrests, searches and uses of me against Black people by police, both men said.
Jones-Sawyer said the goal is to gradually weed out incompetent or biased officers and replace them with others who are better trained. Jones-Sawyer and Sen. Steve Bradford will lead the California Legislature's public safety committees promised "radical change" Tuesday, Jan.
Steve Bradford, D-Gardena, urges lawmakers to approve a measure to place a proposed Constitutional amendment on the November ballot to overturn the ban on state affirmative action programs, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Bradford and Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, aea will lead the California Legislature's public safety committees, promised "radical change" Tuesday, Jan.
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