Transparency advocates decry California city is planning to destroy police records instead of the public

By law, California police must retain records of the officer-shootings and misconduct for a period of five years.
(Inglewood Police )

Civil rights, and transparency activists are alarmed by a California city’s plans to destroy more than 100 police shooting and other research records weeks before a new state law allows the public access to them.

The Inglewood city council earlier this month approved the action ahead of the Jan. 1 implementation of Senate Bill 1421, which will ensure that the public examination of the officer shootings, use of force majeure and confirmed cases of sexual abuse and lying during the work, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“The legislature 1421 SB, as communities are asked to put an end to the secrecy cloaking police misconduct and the use of violence,” Marcus Benigno, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, said in a statement to the Times. “Inglewood PD’s decision to deleting records undermines police accountability and transparency, against the wishes of the Californians.”


Under the law, California police must retain records of the officer-shootings and misconduct for a period of five years.

Inglewood approval to destroy records – of more than 100 cases dating back to the 1990s – in the police in possession are kept longer than required by law. It took the records as obsolete, take up valuable space and are not able to use the police” in a staff report.

The democratic state Sen. Nancy Skinner, author of the bill, wants public access to all records held by a police department, regardless of the date of the incident.

A city spokeswoman told the Times that the relevant reasons for the decision were included in the city staff report.

The law comes as the Inglewood Police Department has come under fire in recent years amid a reputation of excessive violence and secrecy, according to the paper. In 2008, the department shot four men in four months. Three proved to be unarmed.


The Ministry of Justice launched a probe and found problems in the way in which the department monitored the use-of-force cases and investigations relating to the complaints against the police.

Other departments are fighting to regulate how the law will affect them. A police union in San Bernardino is the question to the state Supreme Court to exempt cases prior to the year 2019.

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore said Skinner in a letter that the meeting of her account would result in hundreds of thousands of hours of work with respect to older records that the department has in its possession.

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