California police accountability: Appellate court upholds ruling in favor of disclosure of discipline records

March 13, 2019

In a quick blow to police unions trying to block the release of officers’ disciplinary and use-of-force records, a state appeals court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal of a Contra Costa County judge’s decision last month that pre-2019 records can be made public, letting that decision stand.

Appellate judges dropped the matter after they found no reason to think that Superior Court Judge Charles Treat’s decision that previous years’ records are included in the state’s new police transparency law, Senate Bill 1421, would be overturned on appeal. A stay on the release of records will end on March 19 unless the unions appeal to the state Supreme Court.

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