Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Cop beat: Disclipinary hearings secret

Legislation that would increase Californians' access to police disciplinary records by rolling back a 2006 state Supreme Court ruling appears to have died, the Chron reports. SB1019 had the support of many community groups, newspapers, city officials, the American Civil Liberties Union and some members of police review agencies. But law enforcement unions -- who can "get out the vote" in elections -- pressured lawmakers to keep disciplinary records secret.

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