Kamala Harris backs a bill that would improve disclosures on police shootings
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris wants to require police agencies to file detailed reports about officer-involved shootings to her office electronically, so they can be quickly and easily posted on a state website for public viewing.
Despite the heated national debate over police use of force, no reliable database tracks all police shootings in California, making it difficult for researchers to definitively answer some fundamental questions, including whether minorities are shot at disproportionately higher rates and which departments pull the trigger most often.
For years, state law required police departments to report deaths in custody, including fatal officer-involved shootings, but the requirement had little enforcement and many departments routinely neglected to file the required information.
And, there was no reporting requirement if a suspect was shot but not killed.
Last year, the Legislature passed a law requiring new, detailed reports on all police shootings that result in serious bodily injury or death. The departments will have to disclose the age, race and gender of the person shot, whether the person was armed and, if so, what type of weapon was possessed.
That law, however, allowed departments to provide the information on paper. The new bill backed by Harris and sponsored by Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) would require departments to submit the information electronically, making it much easier to disseminate on the attorney general’s Open Justice website.
“This legislation will bring criminal justice data reporting into the 21st century,” Harris said.
The bill would also require departments to file traditional crime statistics electronically, including the numbers of murders, rapes, robberies and property crimes. Currently, 60% of departments submit that information on paper, requiring state workers to type it into computers before it can be analyzed and disseminated. The process is unnecessarily expensive and time-consuming, state officials said.
Harris, a Democrat who is running for U.S. Senate, has been criticized by some civil rights activists for not doing enough to increase accountability for police departments amid the national debate over shootings of young black men. Harris, who is the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, is the top law enforcement officer in California.
Last year, she opposed a bill that would have made her office responsible for investigating police shootings. Currently, those investigations are handled by local prosecutors, who critics say are too close to the police to provide impartial oversight.
A Times investigation last month found that since 2004, there had been more than 2,000 officer-involved shootings in Southern California, with only one officer charged with a crime. He was acquitted.
This is an article from the LA Times and to be honest with you, Kamala Harris is not interested in anything more than advancing her career. If Kamala Harris was interested in justice for all she would be filing charges against the criminal activities of some of the prosecutors at a been doing some of the activities to obtain convictions. There are major felonies being committed by prosecutors especially in places like orange county right now and other areas that Kamali Harris has not filed charges against one prosecutor in this state for misconduct.
Just a few thoughts
By Marty Carlson
Repeatedly in court we have heard Mme. DA correct the attorneys when they use the term “task force” in this investigation.
Look below you will see an affidavit filed by Bridget Fladager in September 2015, it is her response to the motion for the DA’s office to be recused.
If you look at page 2 around line 10 you will note that the affidavit written by Ms. Fladager states, this:
A task force of law enforcement was formed, which included investigators from the District Attorney’s Office and they began investigating this missing persons’ case.
See the motion here: 1490969_OppositionToMotionToRecuseDA_BirgitFladager
Firstly, I’m not quite sure why they’re so concerned that it not be called a task force but a multi-jurisdictional investigation. Maybe it has to do with past activities where gang officers and federal funds were used to investigate AJ Pontillo bail bond case. Which most definitely was not a gang case but federal gang funds were used in that investigation.
Also just for information the Frank Carson case is cost the taxpayers well over $3 million and is in a prelim that has lasted almost 6 months to this point and to be honest I really see no end in sight in this prelim at this time. A county supervisor recently said on blog talk radio that this case is caused over $3 million and the DAs office as governor simply lose this one again as a have so many others over the last few years.
As I repeatedly say in my reports I have sat in court every day since November I have not heard one shred of evidence be presented in court to implicate anyb
Recent statements in court by Mme. DA, namely the cheap shot that she took at Georgia DeFilippo, in regards to her inability to purchase transcripts on a daily basis from the court. The judge and Mme. DA were discussing an issue that Mr. Garcia had raised they had transcripts that they were reading from Mr. Garcia did not have the same benefit, and I hear Mme. DA constantly make on comments like “trial by ambush.”
Also earlier this same day during the hearing defense attorneys had made a motion, which is perfectly legal under our standards of law in court, Mme. DA made the comment that the defense attorneys are trying to prolong this hearing and it was just another stall tactic. And all I can do was shake my head thinking that these attorneys want to keep their clients in custody even longer by using stall tactics.
The bee reporter was present for just a few minutes of the DNA evidence, did not hear it all because he left, and everybody hears the DNA letters and they start thinking there must be some guilt there they have DNA. All the DNA evidence proved that it was Korey Kaufman from samples taken from both parents. Now the bullet that was found under the remains that was magically found contained no usable DNA to determine if it was used against Korey Kaufman. Keep in mind no one knows how Korey died and up to this point I have seen nothing explaining his death. Remember there was no proper search of the scene where the body was found was done, the crime scene was one was not secured was not gone through and look for more evidence. For some reason Mariposa County officers took a twig and dug under the ground to find that bullet. No other search in the area was done for bullets, no search was done for any other extraneous material, no marking of evidence was done by the investigating officers. In the day that the body was found officers left the scene that night unsecured to return the next day and look for more evidence.
They have statements by someone, who’s trying to save his worthless ass, named Robert Woody but his stories have changed depending on who is talking to and after what information he was fed first. In addition to Robert Woody, they have a long line of drug addicts, drug dealers, home invaders, professional thieves and and more that are there witnesses in this case and it is beyond me why they have chosen to put these people on the stand.
Do not think for a moment that this writer is anti-law enforcement, I am not, I believe in people getting their just due and only their just due. You have many players in this case that are getting sweetheart deals, and looking at the backlog of cases in this county it seems many people are, and some of these cases when they do have court dates they are not inputted into the court case index for some reason. In addition, a police officer in this case who had to confer with up attorney prior to taking his testimony in this hearing, because of his past conduct with the police have gotten involved, there are no court cases on the index for him either.
I am the type of guy that will call it as I see it and I don’t give a FUCK what anybody thinks, and I will call it as I see it honestly either way. If they were to magically come up with some evidence that would convict these guys I would say so but after five months in seeing the ridiculous charade of these incompetent witnesses, and some of them were even wearing a badge, this somehow needs to be stopped what is happening in our society these days.
We are constantly seeing stories of misconduct by district attorney’s all around the country these days especially now in Southern California where a whole DAs office had been recused by a judge from doing a case because of massive misconduct. We need a call on this weak kneed Atty. Gen. we have in this state and something needs to be done about this misconduct and get back to dispensing justice again.