Webinar: Eliminating the Confidentiality of Certain Police Records

Police investigative records and body camera footage will be available for public scrutiny under two laws signed this week by Gov. Jerry Brown. SB 1421 will require agencies to disclose investigative materials relating to officer-involved shootings and other serious uses of force, while also requiring the disclosure of information regarding officers found to have provided false statements. AB 748…

Could Your City be Violating the Constitution by Following the Penal Code? An Analysis of Penal Code Section 148.6 Requirements and Alternatives

by Algeria Ford California Penal Code Section 148.6 criminalizes the filing of knowingly false statements against peace officers. The Code requires law enforcement to issue advisements that must be signed by a complainant when making a complaint against an officer. In Chaker v. Crogan, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that Section 148.6 was…

The Ninth Circuit Reaffirms a Key Principle of §1983 Litigation – A Plaintiff Must Present Evidence That a Defendant Actually Participated in the Violation of the Plaintiff’s Rights

By Mitch Wrosch From November 2005 to August 2013, Plaintiff William King was incarcerated at Twin Towers Correctional Facility, a Los Angeles County jail, where he was held as a civil detainee while awaiting the adjudication of an involuntary commitment petition under California’s Sexually Violent Predator Act (“SVPA”).  For more than six of those years…

Burke Obtains Summary Judgment in Retaliation Case

By Carmen M. Aguado On May 17, 2018, USDC Judge Jesus G. Bernal granted summary judgment in favor of the County of San Bernardino (“County”) and individually named County employees (collectively, “Defendants”) in Eric Bahra v. County of San Bernardino, et al., Case No. EDCV 16-1756 JGB (SPx), a retaliation case brought under 42 U.S.C….