Newly Revealed Records Expose Police Misconduct in Departments Across the State

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San Francisco police cars sit parked in front of the Hall of Justice on February 27, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Police departments across California must make public records of serious officer misconduct and use of force, according to a recent ruling by a state appellate court in San Francisco. The ruling affirmed that California's new police transparency law requires the release of pre-2019 records, despite more than a dozen lawsuits brought by law enforcement unions. Since the law became effective earlier this year, a coalition of news organizations, including KQED, has obtained hundreds of police department records revealing misconduct including the filing of false reports and lying to internal affairs investigators. We'll talk to reporters Alex Emslie and Thomas Peele about their ongoing investigations stemming from newly released records.

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Alex Emslie, reporter, KQED News

Thomas Peele, investigative reporter, Bay Area News Group