SACRAMENTO (KRON) - Governor Gavin Newsom participated in the California Highway Patrol's cadet graduation on Friday.
His show of support for law enforcement comes after a tense week of protests over the police-involved killing of Stephon Clark.
Newsom shook the hands of 63 highway patrol cadets who officially became law enforcement officers.
"The sense of optimism about the future and public service, it's a wonderful thing," the governor said. "I encourage folks to think about that when we think about law enforcement and the incredible heroism and sacrifice these people make every single day and I think that needs to be recognized."
There's been a week full of protests and marches in Sacramento against current laws surrounding police use of force and the district attorney's decision not to charge the two officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark last year.
Newsom said, "It's understandable I've been in public life over 20 years, we've had difficult times in my city of San Francisco, obviously we're having difficult times across the nation... things haven't gone away."
The governor believes that change is needed to the justice system that treats Black and Latino men and women differently than their white counterparts.
"I think training will fundamentally be the most important thing we can do," he said. "Change culture, you have to change training and the way we train people."
Those issues are at the center of a debate in the Capitol between police groups and victims of officer-involved shootings.
Newsom says early next week he plans to meet with Assemblymember Shirley Weber on her proposed law restricting police use of deadly force. During that time frame, he also plans to meet with law enforcement representatives.
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