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CA Governor Reviewing Recommendations for Changing Police Protest Response

The advisors recommended that police not wear military-style helmets or use armored vehicles during protests to minimize a “militaristic presence.”

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California Bans Police Use of Carotid Restraint Techniques, Chokeholds

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed a number of police reform bills that ban chokeholds and carotid restraint techniques and allow the state's Justice Department (DOJ) to probe police shootings.

California Officer Calms Distraught Boy with Common Interest in Pokémon

An officer with the Bakersfield Police Department calmed a distraught nine-year-old boy by sharing his interest in Pokémon. Now he carries with him in his vest a Pokémon card given to him by the boy.

California Officer Whose K-9 Died in Hot Car Will Not Be Charged

K-9 Ozzy—a drug-detection dog—was found dead in the patrol vehicle by his handler in August 2019.

Video: California Officer Saves Man in Wheelchair Stuck on Train Tracks

An officer with the Lodi (CA) Police Department is being hailed as a hero after she rescued a man in a wheelchair stuck on train tracks just seconds before a freight train passed.

Police Search for Gunman Who Shot at California Officer

A gunman fired on a sergeant who had responded to a home following a call of a suicidal subject armed with a gun, striking the sergeant's patrol car several times.

California Officer Fatally Shoots Man Holding "Assault Rifle"

An officer with the San Leandro (CA) Police Department fatally shot a man armed with an "assault-style rifle" late Wednesday night.

Amid Calls for Defunding, LAPD Chief Tells Officers to "Show Your Relevance"

The chief of police for the Los Angeles Police Department recently told a gathering of command staff that amid calls for defunding the department patrol officers must "show their relevance" in order to keep the budget from being slashed.

Crowd Gathers in Central California City in "Back the Blue" Rally

A crowd of several dozen people gathered in front of the City Council Chambers in the city of Chico, CA, to show support for law enforcement on Saturday morning.

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Berkeley to End Police Traffic Stops, Study Cutting Budget 50%

The council approved Mayor Jesse Arreguin's omnibus measure, which includes elements, such as creating a Department of Transportation that will make and enforce traffic stops, rather than utilize Berkeley police officers, hire a consultant to analyze police calls and responses, and determine which calls can be answered by non-police officers.