Force of Law

Force of Law

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. Next episode: June 2019.


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…