Editorial: Another test for public access to police records in California

Legislation that would grant the public access to records of police misconduct and use of force faces its next test Monday in a state Senate committee.

Sen. Mark Leno’s SB 1286 is our favorite open-government bill in Sacramento this year, the one we endorsed during Sunshine Week because it would shed light on instances of police misconduct that are generally concealed from public view.

We see it as a bill that would increase the public’s trust and confidence in its law enforcement agencies by diminishing the secrecy that protects the few bad apples whose misdeeds tarnish their entire agencies. Continue…