Crime & Justice

California Senate rejects police misconduct disclosure bill

California State Capitol in Sacramento.
California State Capitol in Sacramento.
Mathieu Thouvenin (Flickr Creative Commons)

Legislation to give the public access to details of investigations involving police shootings and wrongdoing by officers has died in the California state Legislature.

The Senate Appropriations Committee declined to advance the bill Friday when it approved dozens of spending measures.

The bill was introduced earlier this year by Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Mario Woods, which was caught on video and sparked protests.

Transparency advocates say the failure of SB1286 will keep the public in the dark about allegations of misconduct and police use of force.

Law enforcement groups raised concerns about officer safety and privacy.