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Newsom signs bill to strip badges from police officers who commit misconduct

Original post made on Sep 30, 2021

In a major victory for advocates of police reform, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed on Thursday a bill that will allow the state to decertify officers who engage in serious misconduct.

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Posted by felix
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 30, 2021 at 1:35 pm

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Yes it is progress - Yea.
But I'd calm down about celebrating too hard.

Since the police union lobby did it's thing, this can't honestly be called "decertification" given an officer who commits misconduct can now simply be suspended instead of decertiied, and soon be back on the job. And this decision will now be made by a 2/3 vote instead of a simple majority, so fewer will be suspended or decertified.

That the review panel must have law enforcment members on it, but no one who has suffered their abuse who could bring their wisdom to the process is the final hole in this now leaky bucket of accountability.

Posted by Citizen
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 30, 2021 at 5:40 pm

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Newsom is pandering to a certain group by doing this. The police union prevents needed reform. Attack that. And let's attack crime, rather than giving splashy press conferences.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 1, 2021 at 4:46 am

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Watching politicians crack down on police it seems like they're backstabbing the very people who enable their lavish lifestyles, and this goes to many well-to-do Palo Altans as well who jump onto every political trend yet (suddenly police is our biggest problem now, the very people who make sacrifices daily to keep your city squeaky clean) make sure to buy the newest home security system with phone apps that instantly alert you of a break-in and summon those "racist" policemen you hate so much....

Posted by Paul Blackburn
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 1, 2021 at 9:14 am

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Does decertification actually prevent a police officer from being employed in another California municipality?

There are countless red-communities in other parts of the state (i.e. Orange County and the Central Valley) who would welcome rogue cops onto their police force or sheriff's departments.

Posted by Banes
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Oct 1, 2021 at 11:10 am

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True, Newsom is pandering to a target group of Voters..
Police union can go on strike - officers can simply NOT SHOW UP, until deeds are done & criminals gone. The police could all take their vacation time off at the same time during the next Soros-Pelosi-Newsom coup d’etat. Simply not show up.
The undermining of America in full view.
America is a big struggle for the 1% to enslave or take any control of.
But they are getting there.

Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 1, 2021 at 11:38 am

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How about a bill to get rid of bad teachers in the California public school system? The numbers are much higher than the small number of bad police officers in the state. Oops !!! Teachers union gave him over 1.5 million in his run for governor and over 1 million to fight the recall, not to mention the millions they gave to other democrat candidates up for re-election in 2020. Guess that bill won't be happening anytime soon and our kids will continue to be the victims of a failing system, which at one time was one of the best in the country.

Posted by Fr0hickey
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 1, 2021 at 4:43 pm

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I agree with your points. I would have put in that the review panel should be entirely composed of California prison inmates with at least a 30year sentence.

Posted by Hinrich
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 1, 2021 at 5:45 pm

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Where are we going? Finding, funding, training, and deploying police is going to get a lot tougher in the future. We're already hearing about very tight budgets, unfunded pensions, cops who won't come as we increasingly trivialize crime (see gangs storming stores at the malls due to the $900 Don't Bother Calling threshold). It's going to get even tougher to police in poorer towns (you know, the towns where all of the poor people live that we're supposed to care about). Activists continue to demean and diminish the police, crime rises, and people who have no idea what they are doing are making everyone less secure in their homes and on their streets. The work of the Woke is deconstructive. It is disruption gone wild. Policing is just one more thing being grabbed from local control to enhance control by the State. Newsom gets his photo op, the rest of us lose.

Posted by ArtL
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 1, 2021 at 8:45 pm

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What about officers who are accused of misdeeds and improper use of force, but who resign, and thus are no longer current members of any police force. Will this new law apply to those cases as well and will the advisory board be able to conduct investigations into their conduct as well as to active members of a police force?

Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 2, 2021 at 7:54 am

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@ Hinrich ... you hit the nail right on the head. Greasy Gav photo op, the SJWs get to feel good about their cause of the moment and the majority of us who respect the police and realize there are a few bad apples in just about every profession that need to be dealt with are left scratching our heads. The "Woke" are attempting to destroy everything in their path they don't agree with. Wait until one of them needs a cop and nobody shows up. You'll hear the sobbing and weeping from here to Sacramento.

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