Information and Overview
Officer Involved Shootings and other instances of force resulting in serious injury or death are significant events for officers and the community. Extensive resources are dedicated to these events to ensure an accurate, thorough, and transparent investigation takes place. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding such an incident, it is imperative that the event is diligently reviewed and the actions of the officers are thoroughly evaluated.
Below are links to further provide data and information about Officer-Involved Shootings and the release of related records.
CALIFORNIA SENATE BILL NO. 1421 (SB 1421)
On September 30, 2018, Governor Edmund G. Brown approved SB 1421, officially amending Sections 832.7 and 832.8 of the California Penal Code as relating to the release of peace officer records. The focus of SB 1421 was to require release of specified peace officer personnel records in accordance with the California Public Records Act.
SB 1421 updated existing law to require the disclosure of records relating to reports, investigations, or findings relating to any of the following categories of records:
- An incident involving the discharge of a firearm at a person by a peace officer or custodial officer
- An incident in which the use of force by a peace officer or custodial officer against a person resulted in death, or in great bodily injury
- Any record relating to an incident in which a sustained finding was made by any law enforcement agency or oversight agency that a peace officer or custodial officer engaged in sexual assault involving a member of the public
- Any record relating to an incident in which a sustained finding was made by any law enforcement agency or oversight agency of dishonesty by a peace officer or custodial officer directly relating to the reporting, investigation, or prosecution of a crime, or directly relating to the reporting of, or investigation of misconduct by, another peace officer or custodial officer, including, but not limited to, any sustained finding of perjury, false statements, filing false reports, destruction, falsifying, or concealing of evidence.
SB 1421 also provides direction for the types of records or information which shall not be publicly disclosed as part of any release precipitated by amended language. Such direction is compulsory and requires agencies which employ sworn peace officers or custodial officers to redact records in accordance with the direction provided.
CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 748 (AB 748)
On September 30, 2018, Governor Edmund G. Brown approved AB 748 officially amending Section 6254 of the California Government Code requiring the release of video and/or audio recordings of a critical incident if it depicts any of the following:
- An incident involving the discharge of a firearm at a person by a peace officer or custodial officer.
- An incident in which the use of force by a peace officer or custodial officer against a person resulted in death or in great bodily injury.
In most instances, disclosure of a recording related to a critical incident may be delayed for no longer than 45 calendar days after the date the agency knew or reasonably should have known about the incident.