Judge Orders LASD to Release Thousands of Police Records

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has ordered the county sheriff’s department to turn over thousands of records on deputy misconduct and officer-involved shootings within 90 days — a timeline LASD has called unrealistic.

In 2019, lawmakers passed SB 1421. The law mandates disclosure of police shooting records, records regarding sexual assault and lying by officers, as well as other forms of excessive use of force or misconduct. But the department has slow-walked a request for these records from the LA Times, Judge Mitchell Beckloff said Friday.

“This `We'll get it done when we'll get it done' (approach) is not acceptable under the Public Records Act,'' Beckloff added.

LASD has identified more than 6,000 incidents that would likely fall under the scope of SB 1421.

Read more about the ruling here.