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.
Join 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’ll hear about the legal fights and lobbying efforts that led to the passage of the transparency law. We’ll also learn 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
9:00am program start
Complimentary light breakfast fare will be provided.