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Bill to weed out bad cops heads to California governor

Steven Bradford
Posted at 9:47 PM, Sep 08, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have sent Gov. Gavin Newsom legislation to end the careers of bad law enforcement officers.

The final approval on Wednesday comes a year after an earlier effort died without a final vote.

The bill aims to keep troubled officers from jumping from one job to another.

It creates a mandatory new state license, or certification, that could be permanently revoked.

The final, softened version of the legislation also allows for suspending the license as a lesser punishment and includes other safeguards like requiring a two-thirds vote for decertification.

California is one of just four states without a way of decertifying officers.