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Guard dog group sues L.A. County over disclosure of misbehavior records

A police guard dog group is taking legal action against Los Angeles County in an effort to require the disclosure of information of roughly 1,000 misbehavior claims and lawsuits versus the Constable’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office.

Lawyers with the UCI Law School Intellectual Property, Arts and Technology clinic submitted the general public records lawsuit on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of the Person Rights Defense Center, a non-profit law enforcement and jail guard dog group.

Officials with the Human Being Rights Defense Center say that the claims and suits they are seeking information about collectively cost taxpayers more than $550 million in settlement expenses and attorney costs during an eight-year period from 2012 to 2020.

” At a time when the public extremely supports cops reform, the county can pass by to keep the issues with its Constable’s Department and District Lawyer’s Office under a veil of secrecy,” Human being Rights Defense Center Executive Director said in a composed declaration.

According to the lawsuit, the county has actually mistakenly rejected public records ask for “around 1,000 claims and lawsuits settled against the Constable’s Department for wrongful deaths, extreme force, sexual attacks and against the District Lawyer’s Workplace for other misbehavior.”

” The County’s primary factor? It is simply too tough for the County to search for the records,” the claim reads. “So it didn’t even try. That’s not enabled under the law.”

The suit requests a court order directing the county to disclose the records. County authorities did not immediately react to an ask for comment regarding the lawsuit.

In a UCI Law School statement, UCI Law Adjunct Clinical Law Professor Susan E. Seager likewise called on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to buy the immediate disclosure of the records looked for by the claim. Doing so would permit the public to search through the cache of files to “search for misconduct patterns developing for many years and recognize problem officers who are defendants in more than one claim or suit.

” This absence of openness breaks citizens’ and taxpayers’ right to know of the widespread authorities misbehavior afflicting their neighborhoods, specifically during this time in which our neighborhood need to hold the (constable’s department) accountable for stopping working to adequately attend to and discipline dishonest behavior,” stated UCI law student Sabrina Victor, who assisted write the suit, in a declaration.

The Human Rights Defense Center is a non-profit advocacy company concentrated on prisoner rights, which disperses criminal justice, legal and self-help publications, as well as the regular monthly Prison Legal News and Wrongdoer Legal News.

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