Motion to a California court requesting a police officer’s personal file to determine if there were past acts of excessive force, police brutality, or record falsification.
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A Pitchess motion is a request made by the defense in a California criminal case, such as a DUI case or a resisting arrest case, to access a law enforcement officer’s personnel information when the defendant alleges in an affidavit that the officer used excessive force or lied about the events surrounding the defendant’s arrest. The information provided will include prior incidents of use of force, allegations of excessive force, citizen complaints, and information gathered during the officer’s pre-employment background investigation. The motion’s name comes from the case Pitchess v. Superior Court.
Our client was brutally-beaten by police officers and later charged with resisting arrest and vandalism to private property. To discover if the police officers had a “habit” or “practice” of using excessive force, we submitted a motion to the court requesting that the County of Sacramento provide a complete copy of the police officers’ personal file.
Due to privacy concerns and to protect law enforcement, California court are very hesitant to grant such a request. The firm was successful in the request and did review the police officer’s file which did include a past incident using excessive force.
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