A new California law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday requires police agencies to videotape interrogations of juvenile suspects in homicide cases to prevent false confessions.
The legislation introduced by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) would offer a check on police conduct, the legislator told the Los Angeles Times.
"One of the worst evils a government can perpetrate is to wrongfully convict an innocent person," Lieu said. "Unfortunately, false confessions are a significant and sometimes only contributor to many wrongful convictions."
Gov. Brown also signed into law Sunday a bill that would give more powers to airport police. The law gives Long Angeles World Airports police the power to remove vehicles and seize weapons or drugs, reports the Daily Breeze.