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Judge’s Ruling Prevents Release of Police Officers’ Names In Barnes Shooting

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,"

melekian at press conference

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.

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