A statewide collaboration among newsrooms including the Long Beach Post has won an award for reporting on police misconduct and use of force.
The Long Beach Police Department has hired more staff to handle a flood of public records requests in the wake of a new police transparency law.
Long Beach’s negotiating team and the police union have already agreed to give officers early access to records, but the City Council holds the final stamp of approval.
Officers would get to see the records five days before they’re released to the general public, opening the door for them to lobby the city about redactions, experts said.
New documents from the Long Beach Police Department provide a rare glimpse into an officer-involved shooting investigation.
The first major document released under a new transparency law shows Long Beach police decided officers almost always acted within policy when they shot people over the past five years.
This revelation has come to light only now because of SB 1421, a California law that went into effect Jan. 1 rolling back some of California’s strict privacy rules for police officers’ personnel files.
The Long Beach Post has joined forces with more than 30 other newsrooms to report on records of police misconduct newly revealed under SB 1421.
The law, SB 1421, went into effect on Jan. 1, but Long Beach says it’s waiting for the court to weigh in on whether it applies retroactively.