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Force of Law

Summary: After police killed an unarmed black man in his grandparents' backyard, activists set out to change California law, hoping to make it easier to prosecute police who kill. That's sparked a heated debate in the state Capitol between families who have lost loved ones to police, and law enforcement officers who face split-second decisions while performing a dangerous job. Reporter Laurel Rosenhall explores California's attempt to curb police shootings as politicians consider the nation's toughest statewide standard for justifying deadly force. Questions? Call us at 916-209-0249 or email forceoflaw@calmatters.org.

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 The Deciders | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:49:54

A sharecropper’s daughter who was born in Arkansas, Shirley Weber grew up to become a California lawmaker taking on one of the most divisive issues in a statehouse dominated by Democrats: a new law to limit when police can shoot. This episode is about Assemblywoman Weber and the lawmakers she must convince to help her pass a tougher standard for police to use deadly force. Additional music for this episode by Lee Rosevere.

 Panel Discussion: Police Misconduct and Transparency in California | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:57:44

Laurel Rosenhall hosts a panel discussion on a controversial new state law that gives the public access to law enforcement records for the first time in 40 years.

 Split | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:47:05

Lobbying is under way in Sacramento for two vastly different approaches to reduce police shootings. Victims’ families and civil rights advocates are pushing a tougher standard for police to use deadly force, while law enforcement officers promote a plan to increase training. Additional music for this episode by Lee Rosevere.

 Cycles | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:40

This episode explores how California arrived at the point where it is considering the nation’s toughest statewide standard for justifying deadly force, looking back at the decade since police shot and killed Oscar Grant in Oakland and the momentum created by last year’s death of Stephon Clark in Sacramento. Additional music for this episode by Lee Rosevere.

 Introducing Force of Law | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:02:35

After police killed an unarmed black man in his grandparents' backyard, activists set out to change California law, hoping to make it easier to prosecute police who kill. That's sparked a heated debate in the state Capitol between families who have lost loved ones to police, and law enforcement officers who face split-second decisions while performing a dangerous job. Reporter Laurel Rosenhall explores California's attempt to curb police shootings as politicians consider the nation's toughest statewide standard for justifying deadly force.

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