San Bernardino County Police Union Asks State Supreme Court to Review New Law Requiring Disclosure of Internal Investigations
A police union is asking the California Supreme Court to block the release of internal officer investigations before a new state law takes effect next year.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Employees’ Benefit Assn. filed a petition Tuesday asking justices to rule that only investigations of incidents that occur after Jan. 1 would be available under the law — and not those that department has on file from years prior.
The litigation comes after this year’s passage of Senate Bill 1421, which opens to the public for the first time internal investigations of officer shootings and other major uses of force, along with confirmed cases of sexual assault and lying while on duty. The law goes into effect Jan. 1, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has told the union it intends to make available in response to public records requests all the information it has.
The union “is very concerned about any plans to retroactively apply Senate Bill 1421,” Grant Ward, the union’s president, said in a statement. “We believe retroactive application violates our members’ rights and we hope the California Supreme Court will consider the serious issues raised by our legal challenge.”
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