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Police Chief Subject to Discovery in Killing by Cop

The court cites law acknowledging the "need for controlling the use of subpoenas against high government officials," which usually requires a showing of "compelling need and extraordinary circumstances." The court questions whether a police chief is a "high government official," but in this case plaintiffs meet the standard, since the police chief had personally intervened in a prior disciplinary proceeding against the killer cop in this case. See: Detoy v. City of San Francisco, 196 F.R.D. 362 (N.D.Cal. 2000).

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Detoy v. City of San Francisco