Southern California

Inglewood to Destroy Old Police Shooting Records Before New Law Goes Into Effect

A Southern California city plans to shred more than 100 police shooting and internal investigation records ahead of a new state law that could allow the public to access the documents for the first time.

The Los Angeles Times reports the city of Inglewood made the decision at a city council meeting earlier this month.

The move is troubling to the civil liberties advocates who were behind the new state law, which makes public internal investigations of officer-involved shootings, other major uses of force, confirmed cases of sexual assault and lying while on duty.

The law takes effect Jan. 1.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California says the move "undermines police accountability and transparency against the will of Californians."

Inglewood officials didn't respond to multiple requests for comment.

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