Urge the Governor to Increase Police Transparency
My bill, AB 748, gives the public greater access to law enforcement body camera footage
by requiring the release of audio or video recordings within 45 days of a critical incident.
The proposal is on Governor Brown’s desk, and he has until September 30th to act on it.
Please sign my petition to urge him to sign this bill.
Police transparency is important.
California has no clear or consistent policy regarding the release of body camera recordings. Law enforcement agencies commonly cite “pending investigation” as a reason to withhold body camera footage under the Public Records Act. The lack of transparency can foster further mistrust between officers and the communities they serve, especially after critical incidents occur in our communities. These recordings can help shed light and provide clarity after tragic events. They can even help clear law enforcement of any perceived wrongdoing. If releasing body camera footage interferes with an investigation, AB 748 also allows for 30-day delays.