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California police officers have killed nearly 1,000 people in 6 years

Source: Raheem Hosseini & Joshua Sharpe: San Francisco Chronicle

Another piece of reform legislation intended to make a difference was AB1506 from McCarty. Spurred by the May 2020 Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd and the subsequent national uprising, the bill was intended to restore faith in the criminal legal system by empowering the California Department of Justice to investigate all police killings of unarmed civilians and a limited number of other deadly encounters.

Officers in California have killed nearly 1,000 people in six years, according to a Chronicle review of state Department of Justice data that reveals a picture of where violent police encounters occur in the state, and to whom.

But the statistics do not yet offer conclusive results for recent legislative attempts to curtail police violence by toughening the rules of engagement for officers, requiring de-escalation training and bringing in outside investigators when unarmed civilians are killed.

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