California governor signs 2 bills tied to police misconduct

California Gov. Jerry Brown talks at a conference in San Diego. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP Photo)

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed two bills relating to police misconduct in California as debates about the use of excessive force by officers continue across the country.

The bills make clear that it’s legal to record or photograph police in public areas and prohibit using secret grand juries to try officers in cases of lethal force.

The Democratic governor announced Tuesday that he signed SB411 by Democratic Sen. Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens, clarifying that recording police is not sufficient cause to charge people with obstruction of justice.

SB277 by Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles prohibits using grand juries to probe police shootings, which she says are too secretive. She cites the decision by a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury not to indict the officer who killed Michael Brown.

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