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Voters pass police misconduct bill

Though not everyone was in favor of a bill centered around police misconduct cases within the Los Angeles Police Department, over 57 percent of voters did support it, and it recently passed.

One of the biggest changes that comes with the new bill is that it increases the amount of civilians who will sit on the panels when determining if an officer should be terminated or not.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League strongly supported the bill and was very happy to see it pass. Right now, there are only three people on the Board of Rights, which makes these decisions. One is a civilian, but the other two are LAPD officers who have at least obtained the rank of captain. The officials within the union had said that this setup was often unfair to those who had been accused of misconduct.

The bill did have its detractors, though. Some have speculated that the punishments that officers see when they have been accused of misconduct could now be more lenient than they have in the past, perhaps not providing the same level of incentive to stay within the bounds of the law.

One man, who runs the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, even said that he felt the new bill was deceptive. He said that a lot of voters mistakenly believed that the bill was aimed at increasing police accountability, but he said he thought it actually did the opposite.

Any time there is a big legal change like this, it's critical for civilians and police officers to know how it can impact their rights and legal options during misconduct cases.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Voters decisively back measure to rework discipline at the LAPD," David Zahniser and Kate Mather, May 17, 2017

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