Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Here we go again: Cops want salaries secret

The salaries of police officers as well as their badge numbers and individual identities would become private and could not be publicly disclosed under an amendment to a bill introduced in the Legislature on Monday, according to the Contra Costa Times. The amendment to Assembly Bill 1855 would overturn last August's state Supreme Court's decision that declared the salaries of all government employees to be public record. The ruling was in a case where the city of Oakland attempted to conceal the salaries of employees making over $100,000 to the Contra Costa Times. The amendment was introduced by Assemblyman Anthony J. Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge and it is sponsored by the Peace Officers Research Association of California, a group that lobbies for cops.

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