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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will give Democrats' Spanish-language rebuttal to President Trump's State of the Union Address Tuesday, while also facing criticism for refusing to release police misconduct records.

Though he is one of California's leading voices speaking out against Trump, free speech advocates say Becerra is backing a "spurious interpretation" of California's new sunlight law that requires law enforcement agencies to release misconduct records.

Becerra's office said that because Richmond and Los Angeles police unions sued to block misconduct files from being released, he would not release misconduct records about law enforcement agents working for his department.


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