Berkeleyside v. Berkeley (Police Records)
The ACLU of Northern California filed suit against the city of Berkeley on behalf of Berkeleyside, an online publication that was denied police records under the police transparency bill SB 1421.
On Jan. 2, 2019, Berkeleyside requested records now available under the historic new law. On Jan. 18, the Berkeley City Attorney responded and refused to release any records created before Jan. 1.
The suit argues Berkeley is violating the Public Records Act and calls on the city to release all the records requested in its possession, regardless of when they were created, except the portions that the current law protects from disclosure.