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SB 1421

Black Lives Matter protesters march in Sacramento this week in response to the police shooting of Stephon Clark. (Josh Edelson / AFP/Getty Images)

We urgently need your letters of support on one of our major bills on policing, SB 1421, which restores Californian’s right to know about police shootings and proven serious misconduct.

When a police officer shoots or sexually assaults a member of the public, the community deserves to know what happened. More importantly, we deserve to know how the department responded so we can determine whether the systems to hold officers accountable for their actions are working. As we know, California law keeps all investigations and discipline of police officers secret, even for deadly shootings or when an officer’s own department concludes that they committed sexual assault or planted evidence.

SB 1421, introduced by Sen. Nancy Skinner would lift the veil of police secrecy and improve transparency and accountability by allowing public access to information on police shootings and deadly use of force, as well as confirmed cases of officer misconduct such as sexual assault and serious job related dishonesty. Want to know more? Download a fact sheet. Check out the bill language her. And see this article in the LA Times, and this early endorsement by the Sacramento Bee.

We need to make it clear to Sacramento that our communities won’t stand for the wall of secrecy that police continue to hide behind. We are declaring our fundamental right to know.

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Show your support for SB 1421 and demand increased police transparency by sending a letter by Friday, April 6! Simply download and customize a support letter, add your organization’s logo, and email your letter to Right2KnowSB1421@gmail.com and John.Skoglund@sen.ca.gov.

SB 1421 is supported by a broad coalition of community, labor, civil rights and transparency organizations, led by:

  • ACLU of California
  • Alliance for Boys & Men of Color/PolicyLink
  • Anti Police-Terror Project
  • Black Lives Matter
  • California Faculty Association
  • California News Publishers Association
  • Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ)
  • PICO California
  • Youth Justice Coalition

Thanks!
In solidarity,

Jennifer Rojas, ACLU SoCal
Cat Brooks, Justice Teams Network and Anti Police-Terror Project
Kalyn Dean, PICO California
Mar Velez, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ)
Rosa Cabrera, Policy Link