No More Secret Trials for Police in California

A historical vote took place this week, as California Governor Jerry Brown, signed SB 227 into law banning the use of Grand Juries in officer involved shootings against civilians. The bill was authored by Holly Mitchell, a Democratic senator, and goes into effect next year. The secret trials have shown to be useless when indicting police over the murder of innocent, unarmed civilians. Both Darren Wilson, the pig who shot Michael Brown Jr. and Daniel Pantaleo, the pig who choked Eric Garner to death, were exonerated of any criminal charges, creating a climate of distrust, and suspicion surrounding law enforcement.

Sb227 will force prosecutors to choose for themselves wether or not to file criminal charges against cops who shoot civilians. Removing the cloak of secrecy and making them personally responsible for removing killer cops from our communities.


Darren Wilson was acquitted of any wrongdoing after shooting Mike Brown in Ferguson. After a year the city has returned to a state of emergency after cops shot two people over the weekend anniversary of his death.

Prosecutors must also choose for themselves whether or not to bring charges against cops who use excessive fore resulting in death. Daniel Pantaleo was acquitted by grand jury in New York City after effectively lynching Eric Garner on the sidewalk of a public road for the heinous crime of selling untaxed cigarettes.

Historically cops have gotten off, wether a grand jury was assembled or not, so don’t expect to see killer cops going to jail anytime soon. Even when they do get convicted they are treated differently. The pig that killed Oscar Grant was only sentenced to 11 months, after he got credit for double time (1 day = 2), and had the firearms injunction dropped, which would have added 3-5 years to his sentence.

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Brian Sumner

is an Activist, Journalist and Photographer from the Fresno area who has taken a special interest in the "Police State". He facilitates a watchdog group called the Fresno Liberty Movement, advocates filming the police and alternatives to state controlled protection services. He also served in the U.S Army from Oct. 08' thru Mar. 12' with a tour in Iraq in 2010. Most recently he participated in the CopBlock Network's #MACtour Check out more of my writing at: The Fresno People's Media & Follow me on Social media: Facebook YouTube