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Police union loses suit to block release of discipline records

A Superior Court judge’s ruling has stopped the destruction of Downey Police Officer’s Association records to prevent public disclosure under a new state law, Long Beach Post reports.

LBPost, the Los Angeles Times and Southern California Public Radio argued that the documents are public record. The law, in effect since January, grants access to police officer personnel records and the investigations conducted by law enforcement agencies into their employees.

“It is alarming that unions throughout the state, including Downey Police Officer’s Association, have tried to prevent the disclosure of records relating to misconduct and serious uses of force,” attorney Kelly Aviles said. “We are glad that the court saw this effort for what it was and hope the city will immediately produce these important records.”

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