Attorney General Xavier Becerra

Even with new disclosure law, fight continues to unseal California’s secret police files

Mar 19, 2019
Aric Crabb / Bay Area News Group

One had sex in the front seat of his squad car, another stole thousands of bullets. Others used force illegally, cavorted with sex workers, lied in reports and trumped up charges.

None of those police officers were prosecuted.

These are just some of the revelations made public in the first months of a new state of police transparency in California. A new state law, Senate Bill 1421, broke down a wall of secrecy built up since the 1970s that blocked public access to the most serious police misconduct and deadly use-of-force information.

SLO police help lead statewide investigation into Apple store robberies

Sep 27, 2018
Greta Mart/KCBX

Seventeen people have been charged in connection with a series of robberies at Apple stores in California. As of Thursday afternoon, eight of those suspects are in custody.