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Bill Would Give Access To Details Of Police Abuse Probes

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(AP) - California residents would have access to details of investigations involving wrongdoing by police officers and police shootings under a new bill in the state Legislature.

Supporters say the measure introduced Friday by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would improve transparency and public trust in law enforcement. It comes in the wake of the fatal San Francisco police shooting of Mario Woods, which was caught on video and sparked protests.

The measure would give the public access to records related to allegations of serious misconduct against officers only if the claims have been substantiated. It would also open up access to records relating to any use of force that causes or is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury.

An email to the California Peace Officers Association for comment was not immediately returned.