Los Angeles Times and Sacramento Bee sue for records of law enforcement discipline, force in Sacramento

The Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee sued the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department on Friday over the release of documents about misconduct or significant use of force by deputies, marking the latest maneuver in what has become a statewide legal battle over the disclosure of law enforcement personnel records.

The lawsuit alleges that the department violated the state’s Public Records Act by denying requests from both newspapers.

Disciplinary reports have long been secret in California, but a landmark law that took effect Jan. 1 requires the disclosure of records of shootings by officers, severe uses of force and confirmed cases of sexual assault and lying by officers.