We created a handy poster on how we use the California Public Records Act. Requesting public records can be crucial in grassroots campaigns to dissect and confront police harm. You don’t need to be a lawyer or “expert” to file a request. It’s really easy for anyone to file one to learn about government harm, and everyone should!
Our purpose in filing CPRA records isn’t to seek police transparency. Rather, our goal is to raise awareness and build community power to end police surveillance. Transparency is a tactic, not a goal. The goal is abolition.