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San Francisco DA to expand victim compensation services to victims, their families, witnesses of police violence

Chesa Boudin - San Francisco DA
Posted at 10:21 AM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 13:26:19-04

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — San Francisco's district attorney Chesa Boudin announced on Tuesday a policy change that is believed to be the first in the nation.

The new policy allows people subject to police violence to be eligible for funeral costs, help with medical bills, counseling, and various services.

According to the Associated Press, the policy change is a response from the death of George Floyd and other African American and Latino people at the hands of the police.

"People should not have to rely on go-fund-me pages or other fundraising efforts to cover those expenses caused by law enforcement," said Boudin.

The district attorney says California victims' compensation laws exclude people who lack corroboration by law enforcement.