Elected CA Dems duck issue of police treatment of minorities

Elected CA Dems duck issue of police treatment of minorities

rodney.kingAs protests in Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego have shown, there are many Californians who are upset about what happened in Ferguson, Mo., with the police killing of an unarmed African-American youth. They’re also much more broadly concerned about how police treat minorities, including here in the Golden State.

This is no surprise. California was home to the largest protest over police brutality in U.S. history: the 1992 riots after a Simi Valley jury mostly cleared four LAPD officers for their videotaped beating of Rodney King.

But do the Democrats these Californians elect to office ever do anything about it? Do they pass laws cracking down on police misconduct or encouraging outside investigations when there are credible examples of a police department treating minority communities with hostility?

I know of no substantive policies of this kind enacted by the Democrat-dominated Legislature in the past 20 years. After a 2006 court decision (Copley Press v. Superior Court) further insulated law enforcement officers from accountability, activists attempted to get the Legislature to rewrite state law. They got nowhere. The result:

An investigation by ColorLines and the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute has found that the decision, combined with state laws that protect police privacy, has blocked the public from knowing whether local police officers have engaged in misconduct, or a pattern of misconduct, even when such misconduct involves officers inappropriately shooting civilians. …

“Now, you don’t have to worry that your dirty laundry or allegations about your dirty laundry will be on the front page of the newspaper,” the attorney representing the local Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Everett Bobbitt, said at the time. In her dissent, Justice Kathryn Werdegar argued in a dissenting opinion that the ruling “overvalues” police officers’ privacy concerns, and “undervalues the public’s interest in disclosure.”

Combined, Copley and the Bill of Rights mean California has the tightest restrictions on public access to police disciplinary information in the country. “Copley differs greatly from laws in the rest of the country,” said Philip Eure, the head of the District of Columbia’s Office of Police Complaints and a former president of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement. Copley, Eure said, is “rather extreme” in its public records restrictions and has “caused alarm in the oversight community.”

Issue a focus of elected Dems in New York

Now of course not just Democrats but Republicans and independents should be worried about police misconduct or mistreatment of minority groups. But in California, it is Democrats who have the political power and Democrats who have a strong hold on the support of African-Americans and Latinos — the groups most likely to cite systemic police mistreatment.

So why don’t elected Golden State Dems do anything about this issue?

One reason is plain: The huge political power of police unions, which are courted by both parties.

One reason should be plain but isn’t: The assumption of California’s elected Democrats that African-Americans and Latinos will always vote for them, so they don’t have to tend to their concerns about cops.

Bill de Blasio was elected mayor of New York after a campaign in which he directly addressed the concerns of black voters about police behavior. He may not be following through on his rhetoric, but he at least he brought up the issue. It remains a big issue with the progressive bloc on the New York City Council.

Will an elected California Democrat take the issue and run with it? We shall see.


Write a comment
    NTHEOC 29 November, 2014, 07:47

    As protests in Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego have shown, there are many Californians who are upset about what happened in Ferguson, Mo.
    Many???? You mean like .00000000000001%, if that!

    police killing of an unarmed African-American youth
    You mean the JUSTIFIED shooting of an adult male who ASSUALTED a Police officer after a strong armed robbery!

    Reply this comment
    • Donkey
      Donkey 30 November, 2014, 13:28

      Where in the Constitution is the right to murder an unarmed citizen given to the police my dimwitted fool?

      Where in the Constitution is the citizen protected from state sponsored murder my RAGWUS feeding fowl? 🙂

      Reply this comment
  2. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 29 November, 2014, 09:10

    Me thinks posters show some restraint on this subject.

    Let it play out before Americans’ eyes.

    Good prevails over evil!

    Reply this comment
  3. desmond
    desmond 29 November, 2014, 16:33

    Yes, it is sad when posters issue verdict on an event they only know(like all of us) the conflicting testimony. It is sickening when posters tout legitimacy of police killing a citizen whether justified or not. Taking a human life is not trivial. I wonder if response would be same if unarmed retired white govt worker was treated the same by police….

    Reply this comment
    • Donkey
      Donkey 30 November, 2014, 13:44

      Des, these RAGWUS feeders care nothing about non-RAGWUS citizens, they look upon everyone not affiliated with their cabal as slaves, to be used and abused as their system sees fit. Doug Zerby was sitting on a stair step and murdered without a word being said. Ashley MacDonald was shot at 21 times in the middle of sunview park, hit 15 times, with most going into her back while she was laying on the ground. A twelve year old with a hand full of sand could have ended Her stand-off, but no, Officers Parker and Randle, 28 and 26 years old couldn’t handle an 18 year old girl that weighed in at 110lbs in any other way.

      The Bill of Rights was put in the Constitution to protect citizens from state sponsored injustice, it is all but ignored today. On December 15th, the day the Bill of Rights was confirmed by the states, we can remember what the Amendments were about, the right of the individual citizen to be free in mind, spirit, and mobility, the right to life and liberty, without a group of badge wearing sociopaths killing us at every turn. More American have been killed by our local police than we have lost in 14 years of war in Asia and the middle east, that is something to think about. 🙂

      Reply this comment
    NTHEOC 30 November, 2014, 16:40

    Donkey and all, please watch this highly educational video and learn!

    Reply this comment
    • Donkey
      Donkey 30 November, 2014, 19:58

      The video is old news ntheoc, but it says a lot about where you derive your logic on life. As a RAGWUS feeder you bend over for the state, ask for no respect, this is typical of a coward.
      You have no respect for the private citizen, the Constitution, or the right of the individual to say no to coercive sociopaths wearing a badge. 🙂

      Reply this comment
    • Donkey
      Donkey 1 December, 2014, 13:08

      What was it that Doug Zerby did that caused a mute LE officer to put a bullet in the top of his head while looking down on him? 🙂

      Reply this comment
      • NTHEOC
        NTHEOC 1 December, 2014, 14:32

        At the time, Zerby, 35, was on a friend’s porch in Belmont Shore, holding a water nozzle that a neighbor thought might be a gun.
        Apparently, unbeknownst to Zerby, police arrived and surrounded the area.
        When police say Zerby appeared to be pointing what they thought was a gun toward one of the officer’s positions, police opened fire.
        He had a blood-alcohol level of 0.42% and had Valium and THC in his system at the time of his death.
        I think the neighbor should have been partially responsible and charged with making a false 911 call. Sounds like zerby was under the influence of some drugs. I feel really bad for the officers who had to make the split second decision on what was being pointed at them. A sad situation for all.

        Reply this comment
        • Donkey
          Donkey 2 December, 2014, 07:32

          Where in the Constitution is LE given the power to murder Doug Zerby ntheoc? The two officers that fired on Doug should have been charged with a minimum of manslaughter, but the state run RAGWUS feeders say all is fine. You boot lickers of LE are always mouthing off about what was in a murder victims body, what was in the cops bodies when they decided to kill Mr Zerby? That’s right ntheoc, you don’t know! 🙂

          Reply this comment
  5. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 30 November, 2014, 20:42

    You are so out of control….bah humbug!

    Reply this comment
  6. Wolfman
    Wolfman 1 December, 2014, 15:25

    If you commit a crime you face the fact of getting killed no matter what race you are and stealing is a crime for all of us as far as I know

    Reply this comment

Write a Comment

Leave a Reply

Related Articles

‘Death with dignity’ law faces continued challenge

Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to sign the End of Life Option Act on Oct. 5, 2015, triggered elation among the

Playing dumb on why students are charged illegal fees

Nov. 1, 2012 Chris Reed: I think some of the best writing about California’s public schools appears on education-specific blogs

Bonus babies: $516 million to state workers

How is the state government working for you this year? Is that Covered California/Obamacare rollout going smoothly? Well, then you