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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

As we feared, Skinner voted with the cops

The really bad police-discipline bill that was before the state Assembly Public Safety Committee has passed, 4-1, with only the chair, Tom Ammiano, voting against it. And as I feared, all the other Democrats, including the normally progressive Nancy Skinner of Berkeley, voted the wrong way.

It's a demonstration of the power of PORAC, the Peace Officers Research Association of California, which was able to push through a measure that police chiefs, sheriffs, the ACLU, the League of Cities and the County Supervisors Association of California all opposed. Now it goes to the floor, where defeating it will be a huge task.

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