In 2018, De-Bug families fought for the passage of SB 1421 - a law that expanded the California Public Records Act to make public records -- including any disciplinary records of officers involved in critical incidents of serious or deadly use of force. We also pushed for the passage of AB 748, which created uniform standards for law enforcement to release body cam footage of critical incidents, pending investigation. This came out of a concern of a lack of knowledge of the history of officers involved in critical incidents.
De-Bug families were part of statewide coalitions, met with legislators, held rallies, and pushed for its passing.
On January 1, 2019, SB 1421 became law. On July 1, 2019, AB 748 became law. Families began filing SB 1421 requests on January 2, 2019.
Watch this video of why we believe SB 1421 should be passed.