2024: Mandating Transparency

Arizona SB 1074

Submitted by Jane Clayton on Mon, 02/05/2024 - 02:05

Comprehensive set of rights for victims of police violence, including access to information, compensation, right to petition prosecutor to reopen the case.

California AB 1725

Submitted by Jane Clayton on Mon, 02/05/2024 - 02:03

Requires every municipality to post on its website, by February 1, information about every settlement or judgment of $50k or more reached in the previous year resulting from a lawsuit alleging police misconduct.

Tennessee HB 1522

Submitted by Jane Clayton on Mon, 02/05/2024 - 02:01

As introduced, creates a Class E felony of a law enforcement officer operating a law enforcement body camera in any manner that would prevent the creation or recordation of evidence with the intent to obstruct justice.

Alabama HB 41

Submitted by Jane Clayton on Mon, 02/05/2024 - 01:51

Allows a recording made by a body-worn camera or dashboard camera used by law enforcement to be considered a public record, making the recording subject to public inspection.

Eric Mack v. Office of the District Attorney of the Bristol District

Submitted by Jane Clayton on Thu, 11/16/2023 - 19:32

Plaintiff-Appellee seeks the disclosure of materials related to law enforcement’s actions surrounding a police shooting death under the Public Records Law. The specific disclosures Plaintiff-Appellee seeks bear a direct relation to the perceived legitimacy of the investigation surrounding the death and, ultimately, to the transparency and trust that lie at the heart of the Public Records Law and its recent amendments.

Lifting the Blue Veil of Silence: Legislative Proposals to Improve Transparency in Policing and Build Community Trust

Submitted by Jane Clayton on Fri, 06/17/2022 - 17:01

Access to police misconduct records is necessary to protect the public and ensure accountability in a range of contexts. The contents of disciplinary records provide insight into an individual officer’s suitability to serve in law enforcement. Similarly, these records shed light on patterns of police misconduct and help ensure communities can evaluate whether law enforcement agencies are conducting fair investigations into citizen complaints. Unfortunately, confidentiality laws in many states prohibit disclosure of this valuable information.