Judge: Palm Springs can withhold officers’ names in on-duty shootings

Despite a 6-1 ruling by the California Supreme Court that the names of officers involved in shootings should in many cases be public, a Riverside County Superior Court judge has blocked The Desert Sun’s request for the names of Palm Springs officers who have fired a weapon on duty.
In a brief hearing Thursday, Judge John Evans upheld a Palm Springs Police Officers Association request for a temporary restraining order while the police union builds a case to prevent The Desert Sun from ever obtaining the names. The judge scheduled a new hearing for Aug. 15, and suggested Malibu attorney Wendell Phillips, who represents the police union, add The Desert Sun to the complaint, which initially named the city of Palm Springs.