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California AG nominee promises action on police misconduct

Rob Bonta
Posted at 10:23 AM, Apr 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-22 13:23:39-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s nominee for state attorney general is promising to hold police accountable for misconduct as his first priority.

Assemblyman Rob Bonta said Wednesday he would implement a new state law requiring the state’s top law enforcement officer to investigate every fatal police shooting of an unarmed civilian. He would succeed Xavier Becerra, who resigned to become U.S. Health and Human Services secretary.

Becerra had opposed investigating all slayings by police, saying the attorney general’s office lacked enough staff and money.

Bonta also said he would comply on releasing police and gun violence records where Becerra had balked.