Cops, critics spar over releasing officers' names

Police reputations can be tarnished even if shootings are found to be justified, said Lt. Troy Dangerfield


By Demian Bulwa
The San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — After two recent fatal police shootings in San Francisco, one by city officers and the other by a BART officer on a train platform, the agencies each withheld the same piece of information - the names of the shooters.

San Francisco officials cited a department policy meant to protect officers and their careers. BART officials said they were barred by a far-reaching 2006 California Supreme Court decision that protects police disciplinary records.

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