Ban lifted on naming Pasadena police who killed gang member

Robert Faturechi (Los Angeles Times)
September 29, 2010
A Superior Court judge lifted a restraint barring Pasadena from releasing the names of two police officers who shot and killed a gang member last year, ending more than a year of legal wrangling between the police union and the city.

After the February 2009 shooting, the officers and their union sought to keep their identities secret to prevent gang retaliation. A state court granted a temporary order barring the release of the names, after which The Times intervened, arguing that the public interest in knowing which officers use deadly force outweighed the officers’ privacy concerns.

Months after the shooting, The Times named the shooters in an article after reviewing law enforcement records revealing their identities. The officers were also recently identified in a federal civil lawsuit.

Still, the Pasadena police union continued its litigation against the city, arguing that the release of the officers’ names was a violation of state laws protecting the personnel information. Noting that the names had already been made public, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Charles Palmer ruled the dispute moot Tuesday.

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