Please contact, email, send social media message, and/or call the legislators below strongly urging a NO vote. Senate Bill 731, if passed as written, will be devastating for PPOA members, their families, and public safety in general. WE NEED YOUR HELP URGENTLY!
Assembly Member Laura Friedman (D-43rd district)
(916) 319-2043 / (818) 558-3043
Assembly Member Jesse Gabriel (D-45th district)
(916) 319-2045 / (818) 346-4521
Assembly Member Luz Rivas (D-39th district)
(916) 319-2039 / (818) 504-3911
Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-53rd district)
(916) 319-2053 / (213) 620-4646
Our profession is under attack and PPOA needs your help.
Senate Bill 731, authored by Senator Steven Bradford, will change the landscape of California Law Enforcement forever.
SB731 is the bill introduced by Senator Bradford and would create a decertification process where an Officer’s POST certificate could be revoked. Additionally, it also removes qualified immunity from officers. Senator Bradford ignored law enforcement lobbyists’ work with the Governor’s office which supported compromising recommendations and instead, working with the ACLU, submitted amendments to the bill further attacking law enforcement.
SB 731 includes:
– An unjust de-certification process, that establishes a new 9-member Advisory Board within POST which on its face will have a built-in majority of anti-law enforcement bias members as follows:
- two members who have substantial experience working at nonprofit or academic institutions on issues related to police misconduct
- two members who have substantial experience working at community-based organizations on issues related to police misconduct;
- one member who has been subject to wrongful use of force likely to cause death or serious bodily injury by a peace officer, or who is a surviving family member of a person killed by the wrongful use of deadly force by a peace officer,
- one member shall be an attorney…with substantial professional experience involving oversight of peace officers
– the removal of protections of POBRA (Peace Officer Bill of Rights Act) under the de-certification commission process
– the removal of “Qualified Immunity” for law enforcement officers
– law enforcement officers becoming personally liable personally ($25,000) and permanent de-certification even in cases all laws were followed, use of force policies were complied with, and the employing agency and courts found NO wrongdoing.
– a professional commission with obvious bias toward law enforcement profession, and more restricting than other licensed professions like attorneys, doctors, and nurses.
VOTE NO on SB 731!!