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California Police Departments Still Not Complying with SB 1421

“It’s been quite a first six months of disclosure under California’s new police transparency law, Senate Bill 1421, which took effect Jan. 1. The law requires police to release long-secret records about officer shootings, use of force, sexual misconduct and dishonesty.

Some large agencies, such as the San Jose Police Department, Solano and Monterey counties and the state Highway Patrol and Department of Corrections have yet to turn over a single document to requesting media organizations including this one. Still others, such as Oakland and San Francisco police and many county sheriffs, have released only paltry records.”

When will police start following the law? How can police enforce the law with a straight face when they themselves violate the law every day?


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