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"Defund the Police" by Taymaz Valley, used under CC license, resized and cropped

As protests against systemic racism and police brutality continue across the country, Bay Area cities are now considering measures to reform, defund or even dismantle their police forces.  

Bay Area Policymakers Respond To Calls For Police Reform

Jun 9, 2020
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Around the Bay Area and the state, lawmakers and police departments are starting to consider changes to their use-of-force policies.

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Both local and statewide government officials pressed ahead with police reform efforts on Monday amidst nationwide protests over the police homicide of George Floyd in Minneapolis, as well as systemic racism.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with mothers whose sons were killed by police about how they’re using a new law that allows the public to access records of police misconduct.

Tony Webster


On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the killing of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was shot eight times by Sacramento police officers during a confrontation on March 18.



Police reform is a polarizing issue.

Holly McDede


Last month, Jessica Williams, a 29-year-old black woman, was shot and killed by a single bullet fired by a police sergeant in San Francisco’s Bayview District. William’s death reportedly marked the 21st fatal officer involved shooting under former Chief Greg Suhr’s watch.


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On the May 26th edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about what it will take to reform San Francisco’s police department. 

Jeremy Dalmas


Before the third meeting of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability and Fairness in Law Enforcement even began, it was easy to see evidence of the strained relationship between the San Francisco Police Department and the community they serve.

On the June 12th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll talk with the Guardian’s Jamiles Lartey and Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery. The two newspapers have launched database projects for tracking killings by police officers. We’ll also speak with Norwegian journalist Asne Seierstad about her book on Anders Breivik, a right wing extremist who massacred 77 people in Norway in 2011. Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Matt Martin, and you.