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Gov. Newsom signs police reform bills into law

Gavin Newsom
Posted at 12:57 PM, Sep 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-04 15:42:30-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KERO) — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed eight bills into law Thursday aimed at reforming policing in California.

The LA Times reported the reforms include raising the minimum age for police officers to 21, and allowing officers to have their badges permanently revoked for excessive force, dishonesty, and racial bias.

(AP) The move comes 18 years after lawmakers stripped away that power from a state police standards commission. The most populous state was one of just four without such a system, alongside Hawaii, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

The new law was driven in part by last year’s murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis policeman. Newsom also signed bills limiting the use of rubber bullets during protests and barring a type of restraint hold that has led to deaths.