Local Journalism Happens With YouSupport

City of LA Sues Knock LA Reporter Over Records Disclosed by City

Knock LA condemns this action and stands in support of Ben Camacho.

LAPD headquarters.
LAPD headqarters. (Photo: Wikimedia)

Knock LA condemns this irresponsible, ignorant action by Los Angeles city attorney, Hydee Feldstein Soto, against reporter Ben Camacho. This action sets a dangerous precedent for journalists in the city of Los Angeles.

Feldstein Soto’s actions are a clear intimidation tactic fueled by the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL). Feldstein Soto and the LAPPL fail to recognize the function of the California Public Records Act (CPRA): this law grants the public access to internal documents, videos, photos, and other media possessed by public agencies. Camacho requested photos of Los Angeles Police Department officers under this law and the city itself granted the request.

Feldstein Soto should consider familiarizing herself with CPRA law before pursuing frivolous lawsuits on Los Angeles taxpayers’ dime.