Senate Democratic leaders said Tuesday that they plan to introduce a package of bills aimed at reducing violence by emotionally disturbed individuals following the slaying of six people near UC Santa Barbara.
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"There is a lot we can do to prevent these kinds of horrific events in the future," Steinberg said in a speech on the Senate floor after the upper house held a moment of silence for those killed.
The Senate leader said the state has provided money to train 30 special intervention teams in police agencies in 30 counties so they can identify potentially violent people.
"Should we have a more expansive statewide protocol for all law enforcement officials?" Steinberg asked his colleagues, adding that doing so "can help avert these types of tragedies."
Steinberg noted that law enforcement officers interviewed Rodger in April after his parents raised concerns and he posted a threatening video on the Internet.