Contra Costa Judge Affirms Release of Police Misconduct Records


In the first substantive ruling on whether Senate Bill 1421 applies to investigatory and disciplinary records on use of force and misconduct incidents that occurred prior to January 1, 2019, Contra Costa Superior Court judge Charles Treat ruled that it did, and resoundingly so.

The Oscar Grant Committee and Oakland Privacy joined families impacted by police violence in picketing in front of the courthouse prior to the Feb 8th hearing.

Treat’s ruling, which can be found below, will now be appealed to the CA Court of Appeals by the police unions and Treat applied a 10-day stay to facilitate the appeal. Other lower courts in Ventura County, Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County have not yet weighed in.



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