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California Requires Disclosure of Transcript of Cop's Disciplinary Hearing

Patrick Bradshaw, a Los Angeles, (LA) California cop, sued LA in state court for violating his privacy rights when his supervisors released a copy of his disciplinary hearing transcript to the media. The trial court dismissed, finding that no statutory or constitutional privacy right applied, and Bradshaw appealed.

On appeal, the Court of Appeal of California, 2nd Appellate District, Division 5, found that Cal. Penal Code § 832.7 and Cal. Const. art. 1 § 1 provided him a privacy right with respect to his personnel records and reports of internal affairs investigations but not for transcripts of disciplinary proceedings. Thus, the trial court's dismissal of the case was affirmed. See: Bradshaw v. City of Los Angeles, 221 Cal.App.3d 908; 270 Cal.Rptr. 711 (1990).

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Bradshaw v. City of Los Angeles