Several California cities shredded important police misconduct records before a landmark state transparency law went into effect in early January. The new law requires records of police misconduct and use of force to be available to the public.
At least two local police departments opted to destroy records just before the law went into effect. The measure, SB1421, was signed into law in September and allows the public to view police records on sexual assault cases, officer-involved shootings, incidents during which officers lied while on duty, and other use-of-force incidents.
In December, the Southern California city of Inglewood approved the destruction of more than 100 police records dating back to 1991, according to Vox. The city council approved the purging of records that had been kept longer than the five years mandated by law, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
Inglewood officials said the document destruction was…
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