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California reporters urged to destroy arrest data against cops

In this image, a police SUV is parked on the curb of a parking lot.
A police SUV in Modesto, California. Photo: Stephen Lam/Getty Images

Two journalists with the UC Berkeley Investigative Reporting Program are being called to destroy files they obtained, outlining 10 years of data on arrests and convictions against California police officers, according to the Washington Post.

Details: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the files — obtained by a public records request — shouldn't have been shared with the journalists, per the Washington Post. The police have requested that the reporters refrain from publishing their findings, including revelations of domestic abuse, child molestation and murder. For now, the parties are at a stalemate, with the question remaining whether the material is a matter of public concern.

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