Brady List investigation

Here's how California became the most secretive state on police misconduct

California's police unions have used threats and millions of dollars in political donations to keep legislators from undoing the nation's most secret laws on police misconduct records, a Times investigation found. A new attempt to open up the records faces a major challenge from an old foe.

One cop came forward to expose secrets in his own ranks. The revelation rocked the court system

Allegations of police officer misconduct led prosecutors to throw out 19 convictions in a Bay Area suburb and exposed what could happen if California’s courts — and the public — actually knew what was in officers' disciplinary files.

This L.A. sheriff's deputy was a pariah in federal court. But his secrets were safe with the state

A Times investigation of state and federal drug cases brought by L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy James Peterson shows how California's police privacy laws prevent defendants in state court from learning about past misconduct by law enforcement witnesses.

An L.A. County deputy faked evidence. Here's how his misconduct was kept secret in court for years

L.A. County Deputy Jose Ovalle nearly lost his job for fabricating evidence, but California’s police privacy laws helped keep his misconduct secret for years as he testified in court, a Times investigation shows. Hundreds of people were convicted in cases in which he was a potential witness.

Read how an L.A. sheriff's deputy was caught using taco sauce as fake blood in an assault case

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Jose Ovalle was suspended after he poured taco sauce on a shirt to mimic blood during a 2003 assault investigation. Documents obtained by The Times detail Ovalle’s misconduct and how he was caught. 

Sex. Lies. Abuse. How these L.A. deputies landed on a secret 2014 list of problem officers

The Times reviewed a version of the so-called Brady list from 2014 and obtained government and court documents that detail the accusations against the deputies.

Inside a secret 2014 list of hundreds of L.A. deputies with histories of misconduct

About 300 L.A. deputies are on the Brady list, a secret record of problem officers. An L.A. Times investigation.

Sheriff McDonnell was not aware of some misconduct, says list of problem deputies is key to reform

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said he learned for the first time about allegations of misconduct by some of his own deputies from a Times report that examined a confidential roster of problem officers.

D.A. examining past criminal cases involving L.A. sheriff's deputies on a secret list of problem officers

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has launched a comprehensive review of past criminal cases featuring deputies placed on a secret Sheriff’s Department list of officers whose histories of misconduct could undermine their credibility in court.

State Supreme Court to decide if L.A. County sheriff can give names of problem deputies to prosecutors

The state Supreme Court announced Wednesday that it will decide whether law enforcement agencies in California can share the names of officers with histories of dishonesty or similar misconduct with prosecutors before the officers testify in criminal cases.

L.A. County sheriff can't give prosecutors the names of problem deputies, appeals court rules

A Los Angeles appeals court has barred the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department from sending prosecutors the names of problematic deputies.

Must police disclose past accusations against them before testifying? The answer could overturn an L.A. County drug case

A man convicted on a drug charge says he should be granted a new trial because a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy failed to notify prosecutors or the defense of key evidence.

A court is blocking L.A. County sheriff from handing over a list of 300 problem deputies

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has collected the names of about 300 deputies who have a history of past misconduct — such as domestic violence,