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California bill to strip badges from 'bad officers’ fails

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Posted at 10:28 AM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 13:28:46-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A bill that would allow “bad officers” to be permanently stripped of their badges failed to pass the California Legislature.

The measure was one of the year's top policing reform bills after the death of George Floyd while in police custody earlier this year.

Law enforcement organizations opposed the bill because they said the proposed system is biased and lacks basic due process protections.

The Legislature gave final approval to bills that would ban police officers from using choke holds and carotid holds and require independent investigations when police kill unarmed civilians.

Those bills now go to Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk.