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Police Task Force Meetings Subject To Public Scrutiny, Open Meetings

The secret police are secret no more.  Thanks to First Amendment activist Richard P. McKee, who is a professor of chemistry at Pasadena City College, a La Verne resident and past-president of the California First Amendment Coalition, the Second Appellate District, Division Two of the California Court of Appeal ruled that the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force cannot hold closed meetings.  The ruling comes as a result of McKee's work proving that the Task Force was a public agency and subject to the Brown Act.

Apparently L.A. Impact (as the Task Force is more commonly known) according to the Court opinion, has arrested 3,600 people, seized 123,000 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $5 billion, confiscated $80 million in cash and one Lear Jet.  That's an awful lot of work for one agency that is not accountable to the general public.

If you're like to watch reality cop shows, now's your chance to watch the real thing, in person.  Expect that it won't be anywhere near as exciting, however, especially since it will be in the form of a committee meeting. 


Posted by J. Craig Williams on Thursday, December 08, 2005

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