CA lawmakers pass CACJ sponsored bill punishing police for destroying video evidence

California lawmakers act on police cameras, elephant ivory

LA Times | Patrick McGreevy

September 2, 2015

…With citizens also recording police encounters, the Senate also approved a bill by Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) that would make it a felony for a police officer to destroy or alter video evidence. The bill was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.

“The public has a right to record the police and we need to send a clear message that any law enforcement official who tries to destroy this evidence will be punished” said Jeff Thoma, president of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice regarding AB 256…

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