Long Beach Delays Destruction of Police Records
Long Beach officials stated that the destruction of police documents dealing with internal affairs investigations, use of force records, and policy reviews was dropped from the Council Tuesday's agenda for next week's meeting.
Why it matters:
For the past three weeks, the United States have been engulfed in protest, civil disobedience and unrest sparked by the brutal death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man by a White Minneapolis police officer, has brought on greater amount of scrutiny toward law enforcement tactics
Under California state law, police complaints and any reports relating to complaints, have to be retained by a police department for at least five years and non- evidentiary data; like video from a body-cam or an audio recording has to be retained for at least 60 days, after which it may be erased, destroyed, or recycled.
In 2019, California passed a police transparency law that set off police departments, destroying documents that could have been made public before the law went into effect, per the L.A Times.
What they're saying:
The Long Beach City Clerk sent out a press release Saturday night saying the process is "a routine destruction of records" and that L.B.P.D is "in compliance with California Secretary of State guidelines and approved by the City Council", but due to "questions from the public" and reports by Forthe.org.
Sources are saying that the item was removed due to political pressure and the City Council has been kept from talking about sweeping reform in the past.