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Transparency law fought with lawsuits, shredders : As new public-access legislation takes effect, police agencies defend destroying internal affairs files.

Jan 10, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

Just as a landmark police transparency law is going into effect, some California police agencies are shredding internal affairs documents and law enforcement unions are rushing to block the information from being released.

The new law, which begins to unwind California's strictest-in-the-nation protections over the secrecy of law enforcement records, opens to the public internal investigations of officer shootings and other major uses of force, along with confirmed cases of sexual assault ...