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Police privacy

June 23, 2008

Re "Tantrums at the LAPD," editorial, June 19

The Times suggests that we are accusing "an elected official of making it easier for gang members to access police files." We certainly are. Any time officers' names are released to the media, those names are available to anybody who holds a grudge against them.

Officers have the right to keep misconduct allegations private. Anyone can accuse a police officer of misconduct, and police officers should be able to protect their professional reputations against malicious accusations like anybody else.

By targeting only Los Angeles police officers, state Sen. Gloria Romero is making this personal. We are disappointed that The Times can't separate being on the losing side of a court case from taking an objective look at retributive legislation.

Timothy Sands

Los Angeles

The writer is president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League.

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