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Alaska Cops' Personnel Files not Confidential

James Jennings, a former Alaska state prisoner, sued police in state court under state law and 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983 and 1988 for damages, claiming excessive force, false imprisonment and unconstitutional application of force. The trial court ordered the city of Anchorage to produce the cops' personnel files, which contained past citizen complaints against them, and the city sought review.

On review, the Alaska Supreme Court found that Anchorage Municipal. Code § 03.90.040 et seq provided the city with no privilege under which it could refuse to release the personnel files after a proper discovery request for them. Thus, the trial court was affirmed. See: Jones v. Jennings, 738 P.2d 732 (1990).

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