From chokeholds to projectiles, the calls are coming in across the Bay Area to rethink the way police deal with protests.
Later today San Jose's police chief is expected to give a use of force report after officers fired rubber bullets, tear gas and flash bangs on protestors calling for an end to police brutality and systemic racism. A man who has worked with the San Jose Police Department for years on unconscious bias training was shot in the groin with a rubber bullet by police.
In a statement Monday, SJPD Chief Eddie Garcia says “projectile impact weapons” will only be used if someone is actively attacking officers or if an armed agitator is threatening police or protestors.
This comes as Democrats on Capital Hill are pushing their own police reform bill which among other things, overhauls the rules that protect officers from being sued by victims of abuse.
“I am certain that police officers want to make sure they are trained in the best practices in policing,” says Los Angeles Representative Karen Bass.
“And let’s be clear, reforming policing is in the best interest of all Americans,” says California Senator Kamala Harris. She says the Justice in Policing Act is about holding police accountable and making sure there are appropriate consequences for police who behave badly.