Free Speech Advocates Blast California Attorney General for Refusing to Release Police Misconduct Files

A leading free speech and open government advocacy organization is blasting California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office for rejecting a request to release misconduct files about law enforcement agents that work for his department.

New state legislation requires agencies that employ sworn officers to publicly release disciplinary records involving sexual assault, dishonesty and serious use of force.

The attorney general’s response to a public records request seeking that information references some superior court challenges to the law’s application to past records brought by police unions.