Inglewood Mayor Defends Destruction of Police Records as Routine

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Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. appears at a City Council meeting in September 2018. (Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. appears at a City Council meeting in September 2018. (Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

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Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. on Sunday defended his city’s decision this month to allow the destruction of years of investigative records involving police shootings.

Many of those records would have become public for the first time under a new state law set to take effect Jan. 1, providing a window into a police department that for years was beset by allegations of excessive force, poor officer training and lack of transparency.

Butts, a former Santa Monica police chief, told The Times on Sunday that there is no connection between the new law and Inglewood’s action. The Times broke the story a day earlier on the council’s decision.

“This premise that there was an intent to beat the clock is ridiculous,” he said.

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