Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion on supporting Senate Bill (SB) 2, the Kenneth Ross Jr. Police Decertification Act of 2021, authored by California Senator Bradford:
“Peace officers are given an overwhelming amount of discretion to exact force against residents, including deadly uses of force,” shared Chair Solis. “When that responsibility is misused and misappropriated, it is incumbent upon leaders and other community stakeholders to demand accountability. Support for legislative changes is one way of protecting families and other vulnerable residents from law enforcement misconduct. This motion to support SB 2 does just that.”
SB 2 would grant new powers to the State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to investigate and determine peace officer fitness and to decertify officers who engage in “serious misconduct.” It would also prohibit a person who has been convicted of a felony from regaining eligibility for peace officer employment at another agency. Additionally, SB 2 would grant POST the power to disqualify any person who has been certified as a peace officer if that certification is revoked or denied. SB 2 would also create the Peace Officer Standards Accountability Division within POST to review investigations by law enforcement agencies; would create the Peace Officer Standards Accountability Advisory Board with nine members to be appointed by the Governor; and make changes to the Bane Civil Rights Act to limit immunity; among other provisions.
The motion approved today direct the County’s Chief Executive Office Sacramento legislative advocates to send a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom urging him to sign SB 2.
To view the full motion, click here.