Orange County D.A. delaying release of some police shooting reviews

From the Orange County Register:

Long after Santa Ana police shot two fleeing suspects near homes and bustling shoppers one Friday afternoon, much about the disturbance remains out of the public’s reach.

Authorities have not explained whether the suspects were armed or why exactly they were shot. Aside from initial reports of a car chase and a foot chase, what prompted the shooting is largely unknown.

The reason boils down to a little-known policy at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. The office investigates most police shootings for criminal liability and has a policy to withhold incident information from the public if a related criminal case is pending.

Prosecutors say withholding the information – in some cases for years – is necessary to protect the due process rights of people who are shot by police and subsequently prosecuted on charges stemming from the incident. A person charged with assaulting an officer before being shot in self-defense is one example….

Read the full article at ocregister.com

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