What Next

Changing the Standard for When Police Shoot

The death of Stephon Clark sparked outrage, protests, and a bill that could change policing in America.

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Stephon Clark was shot and killed by police officers in his grandmother’s backyard on March 18, 2018. He was unarmed. He was black. Last month, the Sacramento DA decided not to press charges against the two officers who fatally shot Clark citing an honest and “reasonable” threat to the police officers’ safety. In California, and across much of America, the word reasonable is enough to get officers off the hook when deadly force is used. Will the California state Legislature change that?

Guest: Laurel Rosenhall, reporter at CALmatters and host of Force of Law, a narrative podcast series following the debate in California on the use of deadly police force.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.