Force of Law

Force of Law

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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 [email protected]


Looking North
Oct 26 • 34 min
As California debated a new law limiting when police can use deadly force, advocates pointed to Seattle as an example of a place that’s benefited from a similar policy. This season finale explores how Seattle’s experience may inform California’s future,…
Breakdowns
Sep 28 • 38 min
Now that California has passed new laws meant to reduce police shootings, a key question is how much difference they’ll make in the ways officers respond to calls to help people in mental crisis. We discuss that question with Gov. Gavin Newsom, and…
From Bill to Law
Aug 20 • 24 min
As California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs the bill setting a tougher standard for police to use deadly force, the team behind Force Of Law discusses what we’ve learned in reporting this series and what we have in store for the rest of the season.
The Line
Jul 20 • 39 min
Deadly attacks on police officers have decreased dramatically over the last 50 years, but policing remains a dangerous profession. That fact loomed over the Capitol as lawmakers debated a bill to limit police use of deadly force and attended memorials for…
The Deciders
Jun 14 • 49 min
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…
Panel Discussion: Police Misconduct and Transparency in California
May 14 • 57 min
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
May 4 • 47 min
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…
Cycles
Apr 1 • 37 min
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…
Introducing Force of Law
Mar 19 • 2 min
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…