California Public Records Act

A legal case against the LAPD’s policy of keeping videos secret

A legal case against the LAPD’s policy of keeping videos secret

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck’s release of security camera footage showing 18-year-old Carnell Snell Jr. moments before he was shot to death by LAPD officers in South Los Angeles on Saturday is a first step away from the department’s secrecy policy for tapes of fatal shootings.

But Beck hasn’t moved far enough. The LAPD and the Los Angeles Police Commission should jettison the strict rules they set up in 2015 that routinely keep video footage of controversial shootings under wraps. Transparency is a better policy, and a strong case can be made that the law requires it.

No one has taken the LAPD to court over its video...

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