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Unsealed: A New State Of Transparency In Police Conduct

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 9:00am - 10:30am
The Crawford Family Forum 474 South Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105 Map and directions

Press freedom and the public’s right to know go hand in hand. Until this year, California had some of the most secretive police records laws in the country. California Senate Bill 1421 helped roll back legislation that made private the records of police misconduct and deadly use of force. SB 1421 also unsealed information about the criminal acts of law enforcement officers.

Audiences joined us on September 19 for a discussion about transparency in police conduct copresented by the L.A. Times and KPCC + LAist as part of L.A. Press Freedom Week. During this two-part panel discussion, we heard about the legal fights and lobbying efforts that led to the passage of the transparency law. We also learned about the California Reporting Project, a statewide journalism collaborative of more than 30 newsrooms, from Pasadena to Sacramento, working to report on police conduct in their communities.

Moderator: Megan Garvey – executive editor at KPCC + LAist

Part 1: What the law is and how it came to be

Jeff Glasser – general counsel at L.A. Times
Katie Townsend – legal director at Reporters Committee

Part 2: Statewide collaborative reporting on police misconduct records

Dana Amihere – data editor at KPCC + LAist
Jeremiah Dobruck – breaking news editor at Long Beach Post
Alex Emslie – criminal justice editor at KQED News
Jack Leonard – investigations editor at L.A. Times

8:30am check-in
9:00am program start

Complimentary light breakfast fare will be provided.

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