Following the killing of George Floyd and in turn Black Lives Matter protests around the globe, people are now taking out their pens for widespread petitions. This week, an open statement was released by the music, entertainment and sports industries of California – home to the film and music capital Los Angeles – urging the governor and state legislature to approve two bills addressing police accountability.
Hundreds of celebrity signatories are on the letter as reported by Variety. Musicians of note include Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, Megan Thee Stallion, Rhianna, ASAP Ferg and the Jonas Brothers. Robert DeNiro, Lucy Hale, Mandy Moore and Josh Gad are just some of the actors on that list. Even Elon Musk has taken the time to sign the open letter. In addition and adding more firepower, companies and organisation within the industries including Capitol Records, Warner Music Group and the Screen Actors Guild and the Actors’ Equity Association have also signed.
The two bills in question are SB 731 (Bradford), which would establish a system to revoke a police officer’s certification, upon criminal conviction or serious misconduct, and update liability rules under California’s Bane Act. The second is SB 776 (Skinner), which would increase the transparency and reporting on the use of force incidents involving officers. These bills will reportedly move through state legislature and be voted upon as early as next week.
“While the killing of George Floyd inspired sustained outrage, protests, and reporting, the people of California have long understood the need to properly address the actions and accountability of police,” the letter reads. “For too long, courts have undermined the intent of the State’s laws, allowing bad police officers to violate the rights of those they are meant to protect. In addition, a lack of transparency and a deficient recordation system has shielded officers who abuse their authority and tarnish the integrity of California’s law enforcement. We can fix this.”
Read the full and extensive list of signatories here.