A Pitchess motion is a request made to the court to access a law enforcement officer’s personnel information when a party 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.
The court granted our request to access the personal files of three Sacramento police officer’s to determine if there are past instances of excessive force or falsification of records.
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