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Holly J. Mitchell

California's Gov. Brown OKs nation's first ban on grand juries in police shootings

SAN JOSE, Calif. A year after a grand jury declined to prosecute a Ferguson, Mo., policeman for the death of an unarmed black man whom he claimed attacked him, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday making California the first state in the nation to ban the use of a grand jury in officer-involved incidents that result in the death of suspects. The ban, which will go into effect Jan. 1, comes after panels in Ferguson and Staten Island, N.Y., made controversial decisions in secret hearings not to bring charges against officers who killed unarmed black men, sparking protests across the country. Calls for transparency also have come amid national concerns about disparate treatment of...