California Bans Grand Juries for Cop Killings


California Governor Jerry Brown speaks at a news conference after meeting with displaced residents and first responders from the Rocky Fire at Cowboy Camp Trailhead near Clearlake, California August 6, 2015. The battle to tame California's fiercest wildfire this year, the big Rocky blaze north of Napa Valley wine country, neared a turning point on Thursday as ground crews fighting the flames for an eighth day steadily extended their control lines. REUTERS/Stephen Lam - RTX1NDEECalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure into law Tuesday that prohibits grand juries from involvement in cases in which law-enforcement officers use deadly force.

Another measure he approved affirms the right of citizens to record police officers.

The laws are only two among numerous measures that have been introduced this year to improve police accountability. The grand jury legislation was introduced in response to failures to indict accused officers in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York earlier this year. Read more at the Los Angeles Times.