California Is the First State to Ban 'Ferguson Juries' in Violent Cases

“The use of the criminal grand jury process, and the refusal to indict as occurred in Ferguson and other communities of color, has fostered an atmosphere of suspicion that threatens to compromise our justice system,”

This week, the state of California passed two laws that address the use of deadly force by law enforcement, the Los Angeles Times reported. The first law would ban secretive grand juries in the state from probing cases involving excessive and deadly force. The bill, proposed by Democratic Senator Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles, aims to…

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