Community Health, Youth Voices
Friends and families of people killed by police in Kern County converged at Heritage Park to demand that law enforcement officials properly investigate fatal police-involved incidents. The District Attorney announced that — going forward — her office would review officer-involved shootings and uses of force resulting in death. But that wasn’t enough for people who’d already lost loved ones. They called for third-party, “truly independent” investigations of past cases. “The collusion between the District Attorney’s office, [the Bakersfield Police Department] and Kern County Sheriffs is something that is obvious. The DA’s office doesn’t have the greatest track record of prosecuting police officers or doling out just punishment, nor do they have a good reputation of preserving evidence.” The full story is on South Kern Sol.