Ahead of Pasadena Visit Thursday, Attorney General Becerra Sponsors Officer-Involved Shootings Legislation

Published : Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | 5:48 AM

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, just two days ahead of an appearance in Pasadena, announced that he is joining to sponsor a bill that he said will promote improved public trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

The bill, AB 284, is co-authored in part by Pasadena area Assemblyman Chris Holden, who will co-host Thursday’s visit to City Hall by Becerra.

AB 284, the Deadly Force Evaluation Act, would require the California Department of Justice to conduct a first-of-its kind statewide evaluation of officer-involved shooting incidents resulting in death or serious injury that occurred between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016.

Among other issues, the California Department of Justice would study the nature and circumstances of each incident and the characteristics of the individuals involved; the policies, procedures, and training in place at the agency that employed the officer; and the oversight and investigation of officer-involved shootings and serious use of force.

The bill also would require the California Department of Justice to prepare a written report describing its findings and recommendations, and to make that report available to the public.

In supporting the bill, Becerra said deadly force incidents leave a lasting imprint on communities as well as on the officers involved, and communities should develop effective solutions that can prevent the likelihood of these incidents.

“AB 284 will, for the first time, take a comprehensive look that ensures facts, not innuendo, guide state policy,” Becerra said. “As the State’s chief law enforcement officer, I want to ensure that appropriate policies, training and oversight and accountability mechanisms are in place to keep our communities and peace officers safe.”

Becerra, the first Latino to serve as Attorney General, will be in Pasadena Thursday, July 13, in a community event hosted by Assemblyman Holden and the City of Pasadena. The event will be held in Council Chambers of Pasadena City Hall, between 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Holden said with Becerra holding such a vitally important job, the event will provide “an excellent opportunity for the community to hear from him directly and ask questions.”

Holden will offer his remarks along with Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek.

Becerra was sworn in as California’s attorney general on January 2017, succeeding Kamala Harris who was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2016. He will serve the final two years of Harris’ term.

Becerra served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1993 and won his 13th consecutive term in November. While in Congress, Attorney General Becerra was the first Latino to serve as a member of the powerful Committee on Ways And Means, served as Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, and was Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security.