When even prosecutors can’t be informed about corrupt cops, we’ve got a problem

Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

“One would think that letting prosecutors know which police officers have histories of misconduct would actually be beneficial to putting criminals behind bars. If prosecutors knew about problems with an officer’s history, they’d be better prepared for a possible attack on his or her credibility if it comes up in a courtroom. But in California, thanks to laws that treat police officers’ personnel records like sealed secrets, police are able to resist (so far successfully) efforts to let prosecutors know when they’ve got a potentially dirty officer. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department put together a list of 300 of its own deputies that have records of misconduct. The union that represents them has so far used the courts to stop the LASD from passing those names along to prosecutors.” (02/22/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/02/22/when-even-prosecutors-cant-be-informed-a