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    California Police Fight To Stop New Law Releasing Their Misconduct Records

    For decades, it would have been difficult, if not impossible, for media outlets or the public to find out exactly what happened with Granucci because a state law in California, pushed through by police unions and signed by former Gov. Jerry Brown back in 1978, blocked the release of disciplinary records.

    But the rules finally changed last year when Brown, who just concluded his fourth and final term as governor, approved changes that made public police investigation and disciplinary records. The law went into effect with the start of the new year.

    Some folks are now doing whatever they can to stem the tide of releases. Two California cities, Inglewood and Long Beach, destroyed decades of police records, with both municipalities insisting that it was part of a plan to streamline record-keeping and had nothing to do with the new law. The police commander in Long Beach says they made sure to preserve records pertaining to current employees and only purged records of officers who no longer worked there. It's not clear how that's a good idea, given that officers who get fired for incompetence or misconduct frequently move on to other police departments in other cities, with the public often unaware of their troubled backgrounds.

    California Police Fight To Stop New Law Releasing Their Misconduct Records
    We’re tempted to suggest a conspiracy here — but it’s just liberals agreeing yet again that conservatives have hidden, evil motives, because modern liberals simply can’t conceive of any other reason to disagree with the liberal consensus.

    “Moral precepts are constant through the ages and not obedient to circumstances.”

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    My first reaction is that transparency is great in government, and I can't believe these things could have been withheld previously.

    Then, reality sets in. What does this really mean, rubber meeting the road?

    1) Potentially, prisoners set free due to challenging the officer's trustworthiness.
    2) Similarly, people getting out of convictions for crimes for the same reason.
    3) Finally, officers not getting disciplined for improper actions, because documenting that discipline would lead to 1 and 2 above.
    4) Far worse actions by officers who figure out they won't receive any real consequence for misconduct due to 3 above.
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