Fresno, CA says it wants to be transparent, but denies records requests on police shootings

Despite a new California law to increase transparency in law enforcement, the Fresno Police Department is continuing its practice of denying public records requests to media agencies and the general public.

Chief Jerry Dyer and city officials cite legal challenges to the new law and the massive workload required to handle those requests as just a couple of reasons why the city hasn’t been releasing information under the law.

That stance is leading some critics to question the city’s practices.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the city’s behavior is nothing less than a “last ditch effort to thwart the will of the people and the right to transparency.”