Governor Brown Signs Bill Prohibiting the Use of Grand Juries in Officer Involved Shootings

Reporting San Diego


Aug. 12, 2015 (SACRAMENTO) Governor Edmund Brown has signed into law Senate Bill 227. This bill states in part:

Except as provided in Section 918, the grand jury shall not inquire into an offense that involves a shooting or use of excessive force by a peace officer described in Section 830.1, subdivision (a) of Section 830.2, or Section 830.39, that led to the death of a person being detained or arrested by the peace officer pursuant to Section 836.

This removes the use of grand juries when an officer is involved. Very well known decisions by Grand Juries have revealed a glaring problem with them. For example, the American Civil Liberties Union had this to say about the Eric Garner Grand Jury in New York that refused to charge a New York City Officer.

 The fact that video evidence didn’t lead to an indictment doesn’t suggest a problem with…

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