California Bans Use Of Grand Juries In Police Shooting Cases

California Bans Use Of Grand Juries In Police Shooting Cases

California will no longer use grand juries in cases involving police shootings of civilians after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill Tuesday banning the secret deliberations.

SB 227, authored by state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), makes California the first state to ban the use of grand juries to decide whether law enforcement should face criminal charges in use-of-force cases. The ban, which will go into effect next year, comes after grand juries failed to indict police officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, last year, heightening scrutiny of the process.

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Ferguson: ‘They were never here to protect us’

Ferguson: 'They were never here to protect us'

At a recent rally against racial bias and brutality in the US' police forces, demonstrators illuminated a square in downtown New York with candles and traded stories about being stopped, frisked and hassled by cops because they are black.

One year since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, was shot and killed by a white police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri - and despite some of the largest anti-racism protests to jolt the United States in years - many feel that their voices are still not being heard.

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Police Have Killed at Least 1,083 Americans Since Michael Brown’s Death

Police Have Killed at Least 1,083 Americans Since Michael Brown's Death

A year ago today, a white police officer shot and killed a black teenager in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, catalyzing a firestorm of protests and re-animating national conversations on issues of race, policing, and violence in the US.

Michael Brown's bleeding corpse was subsequently left facedown in the middle of the road for four hours on the afternoon on August 9, 2014 — exposed to the midday summer sun and eyes of residents, a few of whom snapped cellphone images that would eventually spread across social media, the nation, and the world. At Brown's funeral, two weeks later, the Reverend Al Sharpton remarked that the 19-year-old was left laying in Canfield drive like his "life… didn't matter" — an observation that protesters set out to disprove when they took to the streets en masse over several months to declare that Brown's and all "black lives matter."

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