Bill bars California police from destroying video evidence

The Associated Press | May 11, 2015

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would bar police from tampering with video evidence.

California law already makes it a felony for a law enforcement officer to alter or plant physical evidence that could be used to charge or convict someone of a crime.

Assemblymember Reginald B. Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles)

Assemblymember Reginald B. Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles)

AB 256 by Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer would make it clear that the law also applies to tampering with or destroying video recordings or digital images.

There was no opposition to the bill by Jones-Sawyer, a Democrat from Los Angeles.

It passed the Assembly on a 75-0 vote Monday and now goes to the Senate.


AB 256 is co-sponsored by HSG client, the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), and the Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice. CACJ works to defend the rights of persons as guaranteed by the United States Constitution, the Constitution of the State of California and other applicable law, preserve due process and equal protection of the law for the benefit of all persons, enhance the ability of its members to discharge their professional responsibilities through educational programs, publications and mutual assistance, and protect and foster the independence of the criminal defense lawyer and to improve the quality of the administration of criminal law. 

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