SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A new ruling by the California Supreme Court may change how police interact with the public.

Community groups say it’s an important step to prevent over-policing.

But some police unions say it’s going to make it harder for police to work effectively.

“I think it’s a very important decision,” says Sujung Kim, a managing attorney at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.

She says with this ruling, the Supreme Court of California is finally recognizing instances of over-policing — especially in communities of color.

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