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California Justices Deny Challenge To New Police Records Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The California Supreme Court has denied a last-minute challenge to a state law opening police records to the public. The justices on Wednesday denied an appeal saying that the law should apply only to incidents that happen after the law took effect Tuesday. The law was written partly in response to fatal police shootings of unarmed minority men. It eases one of the nation’s most secretive police privacy laws. But it only applies when officers are found to have improperly used force or discharged a firearm, committed sexual assaults on the job, or have been dishonest in their official duties. The San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies union asked the justices to find that the law should only apply to incidents that occur in 2019 or later.