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California AG Clarifies Law on Release of Police Officer Names

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California Attorney General Jerry Brown said the public has a right to know the names of police officers involved in critical incidents, including those that involve the use of lethal force. Many law enforcement agencies had declined to release names of officers since a 2006 court ruling that held that confidential information could be withheld. However Brown said there is nothing confidential in “a statement of fact that the named officers were involved in the incident.” (5/26/08)