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California Effort to Increase Police Transparency Dies in State Capitol

A legislative effort to open some law-enforcement personnel records up to public scrutiny died a quiet death in the Capitol last week.

Under current law, police personnel files — including complaints filed against individual officers through internal-affairs units and independent civilian oversight agencies — are considered off-limits to the public. But Senate Bill 1286, authored by State Senator Mark Leno, would have mandated the release of substantiated complaints of civil-rights violations or excessive force.  Continue…