FAC Opposes Legislation that Would Weaken Police Transparency 

Proposal would give a major police oversight agency a carve-out from California Public Records Act obligations

FAC opposes legislation that would reduce police transparency in California by giving the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) commission, a special carve-out from Public Records Act obligations. This comes just as POST takes on the crucial new role of determining when officers should be stripped of their badges due to misconduct. Officials in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration have said it wants to excuse itself from transparency requirements due budgetary concerns. 

FAC joined a broad coalition of civil liberties, racial justice, press and transparency organizations condemning the proposal — and the administration’s choice to use a secretive budget process to try to gut important police transparency protections. 

“Openness, transparency and accountability are the first duty of democratic government,” Legal Director of First Amendment Coalition David Loy said. “That is the first job of the government, not the last, and the public has a compelling right to know, the public has a constitutional right in California to access public information.”

“CA law strips bad cops of their badges, now the commission doesn’t want to share personnel files,” CBS8, 5/25/2023

News coverage:

Video of the 6/14/2023 press conference hosted by ACLU California Action and Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment at the State capitol.

Coalition letter to legislate leader urging them to reject the budget trailer bill: