Impact of opening records in California

This editorial details one quick result of a new law in California unlocking certain police personnel records. An officer, facing termination in 2018 for offering to help a DUI suspect in return for sex, was allowed to resign and the DA chose not to prosecute, citing lack of corroborating evidence. Unknown to the DA, the police internal investigation had turned up two similar complaints against the same officer. Now armed with that additional information, the DA is considering whether prosecution is warranted. In the editors’ view, “It’s time for police to support transparency and law and order. It’s time for them to stop trying to cover up for bad cops.”

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