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Force of Law

9 EpisodesProduced by CALmatters and Studio To BeWebsite

After police killed an unarmed black man in his grandparents' backyard, activists set out to change California law, hoping to make it easier to prosecute police who kill. That's sparked a heated debate in the state Capitol between families who have lost loved ones to police, and law enforcement offi… read more

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Introducing Force of Law

March 19th, 2019


After police killed an unarmed black man in his grandparents' backyard, activists set out to change California law, hoping to make it easier to …


April 1st, 2019


This episode explores how California arrived at the point where it is considering the nation’s toughest statewide standard for justifying deadly …


May 4th, 2019


Lobbying is under way in Sacramento for two vastly different approaches to reduce police shootings. Victims’ families and civil rights advocates are …

Panel Discussion: Police Misconduct and Transparency in California

May 14th, 2019


Laurel Rosenhall hosts a panel discussion on a controversial new state law that gives the public access to law enforcement records for the first time in 40 years.

The Deciders

June 14th, 2019


A sharecropper’s daughter who was born in Arkansas, Shirley Weber grew up to become a California lawmaker taking on one of the most divisive issues …

The Line

July 20th, 2019


Deadly attacks on police officers have decreased dramatically over the last 50 years, but policing remains a dangerous profession. That fact loomed …

From Bill to Law

August 20th, 2019


As California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs the bill setting a tougher standard for police to use deadly force, the team behind Force Of Law discusses what …


September 28th, 2019


Now that California has passed new laws meant to reduce police shootings, a key question is how much difference they’ll make in the ways officers …

Looking North

October 26th, 2019


As California debated a new law limiting when police can use deadly force, advocates pointed to Seattle as an example of a place that's benefited …

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