Bakersfield police union drops lawsuit that sought to prevent release of police misconduct records

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Bakersfield Police Officers Association is dropping a lawsuit it filed last month to prevent the public release of certain police misconduct records. 

A court document filed April 5 and obtained by KGET shows Brian P. Ross, the attorney for the police union, has filed a request to dismiss the suit. 

Senate Bill 1421, which took effect Jan. 1, gives the public the right to obtain certain previously-protected secret records related to police misconduct. The BPOA had argued releasing such documents would cause irreparable harm to its officers.

Ross said records prior to Jan. 1 should not be released because the new law is not retroactive. 

A ruling by the 1st District Court of Appeal, however, found that records created before Jan. 1 are subject to release. 

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