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New Laws Will Force Transparency On California Law Enforcement Agencies Starting Next Year

**Source: techdirt.com

Oct 10, 2018 4:37 PM - 1+ week ago

Description: Starting next year, California law enforcement agencies will finally be subject to a bit more scrutiny and accountability. For years, law enforcement officers have been able to hide misdeeds behind super-restrictive public records laws -- laws so restrictive even law enforcement's best friends (i.e., prosecutors) couldn't see them. For the general public, this meant near total opacity. For criminal defendants, this meant rarely having the chance to impeach an officer's testimony by offering evidence of past misconduct or routine untruthfulness. Over the past few years, efforts have been made to roll back the restrictions built into California's public records laws. All of these efforts died on the way to the governor's desk, most riddled with rhetorical bullets fired by California police unions who claimed making this information public would endanger the lives of bad cops. The status quo -- in place for the last forty years -- is being disrupted. Two bills have been signed by Governor Jerry Brown, ...

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