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April 16th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
At a hearing Thursday morning, the Los Angeles Civil Court ruled against
the City of Pasadena and its position that the release of officers’ names in critical
incidents should be left to the discretion of the department.
"I am disappointed with the
Court’s decision in this matter," says Chief Bernard Melekian. "I believe that we have, in
the spirit of transparency, made every effort to be open about the Barnes’ and all other
cases we investigate in releasing information as long as it did not jeopardize the safety
or well being of the officers and their families,"
Pursuant to the court’s orders the names of the officers will not be released. In the
meantime, the department will consult with the City Attorney to see what the next steps
are pending the hearing date.