Court: Officers' names in shootings to be public

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court has ruled that police departments must in most cases divulge the names of officers involved in on-duty shootings.

In a 6-1 ruling Thursday, the high court rejected blanket bans citing unspecified safety threats to officers.

The case arises from a public records act request by The Los Angeles Times that sought the names of two Long Beach police officers involved in a 2010 fatal shooting of a man holding a garden hose.

The police union asked a court to block the release of the names.

Writing for the majority, Justice Joyce Kennard said releasing names helps hold peace officers' accountable and trumps general safety concerns.

Kennard said exceptions could be made to keep private names of undercover officers and in the case of credible threats.


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