AG Bonta shares guidelines for investigating deadly police shootings

California

(KTXL) — California Attorney General Rob Bonta laid out new guidelines Wednesday under a law that requires the state’s justice department to review deadly police shootings of unarmed people.

“Bottom line, California deserves to know that there is a fair and impartial process in place to capably and timely investigate officer-involved shootings in the state,” Bonta said during a virtual news conference. “That’s what AB 1506 is about – transparency and accountability. No one is above the law.”

Assembly Bill 1506 follows several high-profile police shootings in California.

The law went into effect on July 1, a little over two years after Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert declined to file charges in the death of Stephon Clark. Clark was killed in his grandmother’s backyard after officers mistook his cell phone for a gun.

Clark’s family believed political donations made to Schubert influenced her decision.

“Shame on you, the DA. Shame on her,” Clark’s mother, Sequette Clark, said at the time. “I know she’s not sleeping well at night. She can’t.”

Under the new law, six special agents leading two teams of 27 investigators, each covering one-half of the state, will independently examine what happened when someone is killed by law enforcement.

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