State Lawmakers Paying Attention to Calls for Police Shooting Reviews in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO -- State lawmakers and city officials alike are beginning to listen to renewed calls for change in the way Sacramento's police force is reviewed after officer involved shootings or suspicion of police abuse.

Applause echoed through city hall chambers, and temporarily shut down a city council meeting Thursday.

"Keep applying pressure," shouted one man, one of many who spoke out during the 10 minute recess after council members left the chambers in an attempt to restore order.

Council demanded quiet, but members of the public demanded changes to how police review their own cases of officer involved shootings.

"Every citizen who was in city hall last night was mortified at the response of the city," said Mark Harris, Co-chairman of Law Enforcement Accountability Directive (LEAD).

After the shooting deaths of two mentally ill men -Joseph Mann and Dazion Flenaugh - at the hands of Sacramento police, community groups including LEAD, have come together behind a proposal to create a new, independent review team of police misconduct.

"Should law enforcement have one of their own do the investigation, should there be an external investigation. Those are the things we're attempting to work through with the city," said Harris.

Now, lawmakers on the state level are jumping into the fight.

State assemblyman Kevin McCarty is behind a bill that'll require a special prosecutor, outside of sacramento, to handle investigations for cases like that of joseph mann.

McCarty told FOX40 over the phone that Assembly Bill 86 has been proposed before, but he plans to reintroduce it largely as a result of police shootings in Sacramento.

Another of LEAD and other community groups' main objectives is to require law enforcement to be more responsive to victim's families.

Harris says the Flenaugh family's been waiting since April for information about their family member's shooting with no answers.

"His family has requested a police report, a toxicology report, an autopsy report, the 911 tape if there is any, the dash cam video, they've gotten nothing."