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On Monday, David P. Mastagni—partner at  Mastagni Holstedt,  joined a panel discussion sponsored by The First Amendment Coalition and CALmatters. The panel, which included State Senator Nancy Skinner, discussed the current legislative landscape surrounding SB 1421 and public access to police personnel files. Listen to the entire discussion here: https://podcasts.calmatters.org/force-of-law/ For further coverage of SB 1421, please check out previous blog posts here.…
David P. Mastagni will join Senator Nancy Skinner (SB 1421’s author), David Synder from the First Amendment Coalition and reporter Thomas Peele at a forum to discuss the policies, the legal battles and the perspectives raised by S.B. 1421.  David P. Mastagni is the founder and managing partner of Mastagni Holstedt, APC, where he practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation and labor law. Mastagni labor and employment attorneys located throughout California provide representation in…
This critical piece of legislation leaves current use of force standards in place while creating uniform use of force policies and training standards throughout California. This bill was widely supported by law enforcement and passed out of the Public Safety Committee. …
Wednesday, the Sacramento Bee published a gut-wrenching special by Julie Robertson,  a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy who survived a “split-second” encounter in which she was shot and her partner was killed. It is a must read to understand why AB 392 must be opposed. The entire story can be read here: …
The April 2019 edition of the PORAC Law Enforcement News published David E. Mastagni’s article explaining why A.B. 392 is a threat to safe communities and would unconstitutionally impair peace officers’ right of self-defense and defense of others.  The article titled, “Modernizing Use of Force on Our Terms” details how the ACLU’s strident desire to criminalize law enforcement derailed discussions over consensus legislation and prompted law enforcement leaders to sponsor S.B. 230 to bring California police…
Precedent-Setting Legislation Reflects Input from Attorney General, Community LeadersSacramento, CA – California law enforcement and Senator Anna Caballero (D – Salinas) yesterday announced sweeping amendments to SB 230 – the California use of force bill that will set a national precedent by requiring consistent policies and mandatory training standards for all 500 California law enforcement agencies. “California has an opportunity and an obligation to protect our families, officers and communities,” said Senator Caballero. “Collaboration is key…
March 30th, 2019 Assembly Member Honorable Jim Cooper of the 9th District introduced a resolution to the legislature to commend David P. Mastagni and the Mastagni Holstedt Law Firm for 45 years of service and devotion to protecting the rights of public safety professionals including Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and First Responders throughout the State of California. Click Here to View Full Size Document
Today, in powerful testimony before the Public Safety Committee, Kathleen Mastagni Storm urged members of the committee to vote no on AB 392. As outlined in her testimony, AB 392 would criminalize police use of force and incentivize disengagement through prosecution of officers. Below, watch the opposition tesimony of Shane LaVigne of Capitol Advocacy, Deputy Sheriff Julie Robertson, and Kathleen Mastagni Storm.…
On March 29, 2019, federal Judge Roger Benitez issued a permanent injunction invalidating a California law (Penal Code Section 32310) mandating the confiscation of high capacity magazines, i.e. magazines holding more than 10 rounds.  The broader ramifications of Judge Benitez’ ruling spotlight the unconstitutionality of A.B. 392 in severely restricting peace officer self-defense rights, as well as violating equal protection by subjecting officers to second class constitutional rights.Following U.S. Supreme Court precedent, the Ninth Circuit…