May 17, 2022

Report: “California AG Demands Journalists to Destroy Information Obtained Through Public Records – or Else”

From MuckRock:

California’s top law official is threatening legal action against a pair of journalist who obtained a list of police officers convicted of crimes within the last decade.

Reporters Robert Lewis and Jason Paladino at the Investigative Reporting Program at University of California Berkeley and Investigative Studios received the list through a California Public Records Act request asking for data indicating whether peace officer’s left a job voluntarily or for a disqualifying reason. The California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, also known as POST, released the responsive data to Paladino and Lewis four weeks after it received the request.

“These are convictions, not just allegations. There is a distinction between misconduct records and these records.” said Paladino.

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