Police transparency is going backwards

"If a police officer kills you, there's no guarantee that your next of kin will be able to determine if that same cop has killed someone — or five someones — in the line of duty before. In fact, police departments are currently banned from releasing information related to police discipline even if a citizen specifically seeks it through a public records request. Barring unusual leaks or unusually aggressive investigative journalism, cops who’ve repeatedly shown that they're bad at their jobs can effectively conceal their records."

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-friedersdorf-police-transparency-20160602-snap-story.html