Appeal Likely After Contra Costa Judge Rules In Favor Of Police Records Release

February 11, 2019 16:00 pm · 7 comments

A Contra Costa County Superior Court judge on Friday blocked a move by five county police departments and a sheriff’s office to resist the potential release of pre-2019 records of officer-involved shootings and potential misconduct.

Friday’s hearing in a Martinez courtroom was the first legal defense of SB 1421, a new law that took effect Jan. 1 that makes public previously secret information about incidents in which officers who shoot, kill or engage in serious misconduct while on the job.

A dozen or more other cases are being heard throughout the state, but Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Charles Treat made the first ruling.

However, Treat gave the unions representing police officers in Antioch, Concord, Martinez, Richmond and Walnut Creek, as well as the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department, 10 days to appeal Friday’s ruling.

Attorneys for the police unions argued the bill shouldn’t be retroactive, and should apply only to police records since Jan. 1.

The bill was authored by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and signed by former Gov. Jerry Brown in September.

The American Civil Liberties Union, the First Amendment Coalition and news organizations are all part of this case, which may eventually end up in the state Supreme Court.

Namen February 11, 2019 at 4:26 PM

I say investigate and release the personal records of all politicans from when they were age five until present and see what they have done in their life and their jobs.

Stove February 11, 2019 at 5:10 PM

Public employees, all should be available to the public and misconduct should be held accountable.

Chicken Little February 12, 2019 at 4:46 AM

And what makes you think you should have access to personnel records for public employees? Let me guess, you pay their salary? Well, what about the barista at Starbucks who makes your coffee, the mechanic who services your car, or the 7-year old kid in China who assembled your TV? You pay their salary, too. Does that mean their personnel records should be available to you?

Sign from Above February 12, 2019 at 3:24 PM

@ Chicken

Exactly. If they want to post them identified by their employee number, that’s one thing. But to post employee information by name for all to see is wrong.

Justifiable anger February 12, 2019 at 8:46 AM

This is WRONG. This POS judge has just given a death sentence to our police force.

I am also in favor of publishing ALL politicians and city Managers records. Fair is FAIR!!! Also arrest records MUST be made public of those involved with the police ‘misbehavior’ records.

Sign from Above February 12, 2019 at 3:26 PM

And the judges information should be posted as well! After all, he’s a public employee too!

Joe M February 12, 2019 at 12:42 PM

Taking bricks out of the blue wall… Bout time they stop covering up their bad deeds

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