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How Can California Balance Effective Policing with Accountability?



On the January 7th, 2015 edition of Your Call, we'll have a conversation about how California lawmakers are addressing the lack of police data and grand jury secrecy. We’re beginning a series about police, community, race, and justice. The first show will focus on legislation that could require police departments to track the number of police shootings or killings of unarmed victims. The state’s Black Caucus is working on legislation to make the grand jury process more transparent. How can the state balance effective policing with accountability?It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Assembly Member Shirley Weber represents California's 79th District, including Chula Vista and San Diego. 

Peter Bibring is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU of Southern California and director of police practices for the ACLU of California. 

Brendon Woods is Alameda County Public Defender.

Shaun Rundle serves as California Peace Officers' Association's Government Affairs and Public Safety Specialist.

Web Resources:

Center for Policing Equity

The Sentencing Project

FindLaw: How Does a Grand Jury Work?

SF Gate: Calls grow to eliminate grand juries’ secrecy in police killings

ProPublica: Deadly Force, in Black and White

Al Jazeera: For police accountability, look beyond individual racial bias

The Economist: How America's police became so well armed

The Guardian: Two NYPD cops get killed and 'wartime' police blame the protesters. Have we learned nothing?

Vox: What we know about attacks on police

Washington Post: Ferguson protest leaders eye next phase