Editorial, The Sacramento Bee | The wall of secrecy around police officer data was years in the making, starting with the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act, signed into law in 1978. That law virtually obliterated the ability of the public to find out anything about a police officer – civilian complaints, disciplinary actions and even promotions.
Since then, powerful police unions and law enforcement advocates have continued to push successfully to expand the veil of secrecy while quashing any attempt to peek through.
It’s time to push back.
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