Anaheim to OC Weekly: Pay $17,920 For Police Shooting Audio, Video Files
Journalists and police accountability activists spent New Year’s Day testing out California’s new police transparency law with a flurry of public records requests. State Senator Nancy Skinner’s legislation opened up access to old documents regarding police shootings, uses of force causing death or injury and confirmed cases of sexual assault and lying in bringing greater transparency behind the badge. Investigative reports, interview transcripts, photographic, audio and video evidence all became fair game–albeit with caveats–at the start of the year.
Naturally, the Weekly wanted to get its hands on all of that and filed a public records request last month for such records in four Anaheim police shooting incidents, including the back-to-back killings of Manuel Diaz and Joel Acevedo in 2012 that sparked downtown riots in the city.
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