PALM SPRINGS – 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.
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.