California is one of four states in the country who do not have the authority to decertify an officer for serious crimes and incidents of dishonesty, theft, sexual assault, and excessive use of force.
SB 2, The Kenneth Ross Jr. Police Decertification Act of 2021, increases accountability for law enforcement officers that commit serious misconduct and violate a person’s civil rights by creating a process to take officers who engage in anti-Black racism and abuse of power off the streets and protect historically marginalized communities targeted by police violence. It is long overdue for California to join the majority in the nation in having the ability to remove people that should no longer be in law enforcement.
In Orange County, Latinxs are disproportionately impacted by outdated tough-on-crime “solutions” to public safety. And as a byproduct of this, Latinxs in Orange County are disproportionately impacted by police violence. In the ten year period between 2006 and 2016, Latinxs accounted for 52% of those killed by police officers in Orange County, while making up 33% of the total county population.
SB 2 would have impacted Orange County cases such as the 2019 death of Daniel Ramirez III. Daniel Ramirez III was murdered by Anaheim Police Officer Nick Bennallack. Officer Bennallack has been cleared of four on duty deadly police shootings since 2012, including the death of Manuel Diaz. Repeat-shooter officers are too often permitted to remain in law enforcement to continue their pattern of abuse without accountability.
Orange County’s State Assembly Members have a responsibility to hold law enforcement officers accountable for the harm and terror inflicted on communities of color. Join us in calling on every Orange County State Assembly Member to support SB 2 when the bill reaches the Assembly floor.