Addressing Possible Conflict of Interest in Police Shooting Investigations (KCET)

By CHASE SCHEINBAUM | January 8, 2015

A demonstrator protesting the police killings of Ezell Ford and Michael Brown in downtown Los Angeles in August 2014. | Photo: Craig Dietrich/Flickr/Creative Commons

A demonstrator protesting the police killings of Ezell Ford and Michael Brown in downtown Los Angeles in August 2014. | Photo: Craig Dietrich/Flickr/Creative Commons

The police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Ezell Ford are on the minds of Sacramento lawmakers. On Tuesday, another bill reacting to the deaths arrived, this time seeking to restore public faith into investigations of police shootings.

This measure would address what some might consider the what’s-wrong-with-this-picture nature of these investigations: Namely that they are conducted by district attorneys who regularly work with the law enforcement agencies involved in the incidents

AB 86, introduced by Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), calls for an independent panel to investigate police shootings “and other uses of force resulting in death.”

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