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Al Jazeera: New California law bars grand juries in police lethal force cases

August 12, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law a bill barring grand juries from deciding on charges in cases involving police use of lethal force.

Source: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/8/12/california-law-bars-gran...

Huffington Post: California Bans Use Of Grand Juries In Police Shooting Cases

August 12, 2015

California will no longer use grand juries in cases involving police shootings of civilians after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill Tuesday banning the secret deliberations.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/california-grand-juries-police_55cb5...

LA Times: Gov. Brown signs law barring grand juries in police deadly force cases

August 11, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Tuesday a measure that prohibits secret grand juries to weigh in on cases involving excessive or deadly force by law enforcement, and another affirming the public’s right to take audio or video recordings of police officers.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-brown-grand-juries-20150...

Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown signs bill banning grand juries in police use-of-force cases

August 11, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting the use of grand juries in California in cases where police officers use lethal force, a response to distrust of the grand jury process following the deaths of unarmed black men in other states.

Source: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article3073...

LA Times: Lawmakers seek to curb police seizures of assets

July 14, 2015

State lawmakers are considering a proposal to rein in California law enforcement agencies' ability to keep money, cars and homes seized from suspects who have not been charged with a crime.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/crime/la-me-pol-police-seizures-20150714-st...

Senator Mitchell with Mr. Patrick McClenahan, President of the Organizing Committee of the Special Olympics World Games

July 14, 2015

“Happy to recognize the Special Olympics World Games which will be held from July 25th to August 2nd at the Memorial Coliseum in my Senate District.”

CBS News: Officials change Calif. law after activist's "lynching" arrest

July 03, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he has signed legislation removing the word "lynching" from the state's criminal code following the arrest of a black activist at a Black Lives Matter protest.

Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-lynching-law-governor-jerry-brown/

LA Times: Gov. Brown signs measure striking 'lynching' charge from California law

July 02, 2015

Since 1933, California law characterized the act of taking a person from lawful police custody as "lynching." But, as Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), the measure's author, noted, for most people the term "lynching" has a more violent connotation: when a mob seizes and kills a person, typically by hanging, without a trial.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-california-code-lynching...