New California Attorney General Rob Bonta wants to take a different approach to criminal justice

“Too many folks are treated unfairly by a fundamentally broken criminal justice system,” says Rob Bonta. Photo by Shutterstock.

Last year, California passed legislation that requires the Office of the State Attorney General to investigate all police shootings that result in the death of an unarmed civilian.

“We are absolutely committed to doing this right, making sure we have impartial, fair, comprehensive investigations with complete integrity,” Attorney General Rob Bonta tells KCRW. “That's what California deserves.”

Right now, society is engulfed in both a racial justice reckoning and a law enforcement reckoning, which prompts a reexamination of how police can best contribute to their communities, Bonta says.