After years of advocating for justice and working so that no other family has to feel their pain, Rocio Zamora is celebrating.
“To be able to see the tangible change that we have created despite the torment of losing a loved one to police terror is really powerful,” Zamora said.
She said her hard work and dedication in trying to put an end to the excessive, and sometimes deadly, force of the police paid off when Governor Gavin Newsom enacted eight measures to keep law enforcement officers in check. order for those responsible for misconduct.
“It gives me a lot of hope to see what changes we can make,” Zamora said.
Zamora said she was involved in the drafting process of two of the bills:
Assembly Bill 481 will require law enforcement agencies to receive approval from their governing bodies such as the city council before acquiring military equipment.
Senate Bill 2 creates a system to investigate and revoke or suspend the certification of peace officers for serious misconduct.
Zamora became involved in the legislation after a fatal incident between her cousin and a San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy in 2017.
“My cousin was shot dead by our San Diego sheriff deputy who had shot someone else just months before he shot my cousin,” Zamora said. “And he shot him the same way. He shot Sergio 28 times and he left my cousin with 22 gunshot wounds.
According to the SDSO, Jonathan Coronel, 24, a member of a documented gang, led MPs in a foot chase that ended in a confrontation where an MP shot him dead.
NBC 7’s Dave Summers heard from surviving family members of Jonathan Coronel and Sergio Weick at a memorial rally for the two in Vista.
The ministry said the MP feared for his life.
“That’s what got me in there,” Zamora said. “And I think, you know, the support of other families and seeing how powerful they were is also what kept me going with the process.”
Despite these sweeping reforms, Zamora said there was still a long way to go.
“We need to start investing in marginalized communities and funding resources for education, housing and health care,” Zamora said.
But she says it’s a step in the right direction.
Here are the eight law enforcement-focused bills signed by the governor:
- AB 26 by Assembly Member Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) – Peacekeepers: Use of Force. This creates guidelines for officers to intercede and report if another officer is using excessive force.
- AB 48 by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Law Enforcement: Use of Force. This restricts the use by law enforcement officials of kinetic projectile weapons, such as rubber bullets, and chemical agents, such as tear gas.
- AB 89 by Assembly Member Reggie Jones Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) – Peace Officers: Minimum Qualifications. This raises the minimum age for officers from 18 to 21.
- AB 481 by Assembly Member David Chiu (D-San Francisco) – Law and State Enforcement Agencies: Military Equipment: Funding, Acquisition, and Use.
- AB 490 by Assembly Member Mike Gipson (D-Carson) – Law Enforcement Policies: Arrests: Positional Asphyxiation. This prohibits the techniques and modes of transport that carry a risk of positional asphyxiation.
- AB 958 By Assembly Member Mike Gipson (D-Carson) – Peace Officers: Law Enforcement Gangs. The bill would require an agency to disclose an agent’s termination to another law enforcement agency conducting a background investigation of that agent before hiring.
- SB 2 by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) – Peace officers: certification: civil rights.
- SB 16 by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – Peace officers: disclosure of records. This increases the transparency of peace officer misconduct files regarding findings of unreasonable or excessive use of force, discriminatory or prejudicial behavior, failure to intervene in cases of excessive use of force. force by a peace officer or participation in searches and illegal arrests.