We just released a Report revealing how Police Unions and Associations prevent California lawmakers from addressing police violence.
Read the Report here.
Here are some of the major findings:
- Police unions and associations have given $5.5 million to candidates for California’s state legislature since 2011.
- Police unions and associations have helped fund the campaigns of 118 of the 120 current California state legislators.
- California legislators in either party who do not support police reform bills receive substantially more money from police unions and associations than those who support reform – especially Democrats who do not support police reform bills.
- Once they help elect California’s state legislators, police association lobbyists spend substantial amounts of time and money to convince them to oppose police reform – spending nine times as much as the NRA to lobby California state legislators.
It will take all of us to convince legislators to stand up to the police associations and pass bills that address police violence and accountability.
Here’s how you can make a difference today:
Go here to find your California state legislators, then call them and tell them to support four important bills:
- AB 931, a bill that would make police deadly force a last resort;
- AB 3131, which would restrict police militarization and;
- SB 1421, which would make records of police misconduct public.
- SB 1186, which would create limits on the acquisition of police surveillance technologies
And if you’re interested in joining a group of researchers, students and activists working on projects to address police violence in California, reply to this email.