The bill makes an internal investigation file (file) of a peace officer for in-uniform or on-duty conduct that involves a member of the public subject to an open records request. The bill requires some information to be redacted and allows other information to be redacted before complying with the open records request. The bill allows the custodian of the file to first provide a summary of the file to the requester and then allows the requester access to the file after the requester has reviewed the summary. Under the bill, a custodian of a file in which there is an ongoing criminal case can deny inspection of the file. The file becomes open for inspection after all the charges are dismissed or the defendant is sentenced.
The bill allows a person who has been denied access to any information in a completed internal affairs investigation file to file an application in court to show cause why the withheld or redacted information should not be made available to the applicant. If the court determines, based on its independent judgment, applying de novo review, that any portion or portions of the completed internal affairs investigation file were improperly withheld, the court shall order the custodian to provide the applicant with a copy of those portions that were improperly withheld.
The bill applies to files of internal investigations that were started after the effective date of the bill.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)