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Complaints Against Cops Drop To Lowest Level Since 1990

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

(AP) - Amid increasing national scrutiny over shootings of unarmed minorities by police, citizen complaints about police are at a 25-year low in California.

Analysts and officials credit several factors, including better training, a lower crime rate, heightened sensitivity by officers and seemingly ever-present cameras to record police contact with citizens.

A report released Wednesday by the state attorney general shows fewer than 15,700 complaints last year. That's down from a high of more than 24,000 complaints in 2007 and down from an average of nearly 19,900 annual complaints since 1990.

Most of the complaints allege non-criminal behavior.

Fewer than 1,300 complaints were deemed valid by investigators, including 109 involving criminal conduct.

About a third of complaints are from inmates in prisons and jails.