Police transparency advocates are slamming Santa Rosa’s decision to continue withholding officer misconduct records, despite a new state law. The First Amendment Coalition insists an appeals court ruling that declared SB 1421 retroactive is binding on police departments statewide. But Santa Rosa Police Chief Hank Schreeder says the department will keep all records before January 1st secret until the state Supreme Court rules on whether the new law also applies to a specific type of internal record, known as the Brady List. That list includes names of officers who have ever engaged in acts of moral turpitude or dishonesty.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department has said it will release all misconduct-related records by the end of this week and the cities of Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park and several others statewide already have.