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Galzinski v. Somers, 079513

In a petition for writ of mandate initially brought as a citizen complaint against a police department, seeking to compel the department and its internal affairs division to properly investigate his complaint and to make official findings as to the validity of his allegations of misconduct related to the taking of biological samples from him following his arrest, the trial court's denial of the petition is reversed where the procedure for addressing citizen complaints the department established and published obligated the department to conduct an investigation into the allegations of the complaint that was sufficient to allow the Chief of Police to make one of four possible findings, and the procedure obligated the Chief of Police to make one of those findings with respect to each of petitioner's allegations of misconduct.

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  • Decided
  • Published 2016/08/31




  • California Court of Appeal


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