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Police must ID officers in on-duty shootings, court rules
Police must ID officers in on-duty shootings, court rules

Police agencies must reveal the names of officers involved in on-duty shootings unless there is specific evidence that disclosure would pose a safety threat, the California Supreme Court decided Thursday. The 6-1 ruling by the state's highest court is expected to end blanket police policies against disclosure and reverse a statewide trend toward keeping officer names private. The court said the California Public Records Act does not permit police agencies to cite general concerns about officer safety to justify withholding names. "If it is essential to protect an officer's anonymity for safety reasons or for reasons peculiar to the officer's duties — as, for...

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