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AB-1506 Police use of force.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 12525.3 is added to the Government Code, to read:

 (a) (1) There is hereby established within the Department of Justice, an independent division to investigate incidents of officer-involved use of force resulting in the death of a civilian.
(2) The division created pursuant to this subdivision shall be known as the Statewide Officer-Involved Deadly Force Investigation Division. The division shall consist of three separate teams: one located in northern California, one in central California, and one in southern California.
(3) The division created pursuant to this subdivision shall do all of the following:
(A) Upon request from a local law enforcement agency or the district attorney, investigate and gather facts in incidents involving the use of force by a peace officer that result in the death of a civilian.
(B) Prepare and submit a written report to the entity requesting the independent review and, as applicable, a copy to the district attorney or law enforcement agency involved. The written report shall include, at a minimum, the following information:
(i) A statement of the facts.
(ii) A detailed analysis and conclusion for each investigatory issue.
(iii) Recommendations to modify the policies and practices of the law enforcement agency, as applicable.
(C) If criminal charges against the involved officer are found to be warranted, initiate and prosecute a criminal action against the officer.
(4) The Attorney General shall post and maintain on the Department of Justice’s internet website each written report prepared by the division pursuant to this subdivision, appropriately redacting any information in the report that is required by law to be kept confidential.
(b) (1) Commencing on July 1, 2023, the Attorney General shall operate a Police Practices Division within the Department of Justice to, upon request of a local law enforcement agency, review the use of deadly force policies of that law enforcement agency.
(2) The program described in this subdivision shall make specific and customized recommendations to any law enforcement agency that requests a review pursuant to this section, based on those policies identified as recommended best practices.
(c) This section does not limit the Attorney General’s authority under the California Constitution or any applicable state law.
(d) If an appropriation is not made by the Legislature to fund this section, the Department of Justice shall implement the requirements of this section using existing department funding.