More than 300 undercover Los Angeles police officers filed legal claims against the city and police department Tuesday after their names and photographs were released to Stop LAPD Spying Coalition.
The claims allege negligence and seek unspecified damages, reports ABC7. The plaintiffs say they can no longer work as undercover officers and, in some cases, may not be able to work in policing altogether going forward.
Stop LAPD Spying Coalition posted more than 9,300 officers' information and photographs last month in a searchable online database following a public records request by a reporter. Although hundreds of undercover officers were included in the database, it is not clear exactly how many because the database doesn't specify which officers work undercover.
The city attorney's office reports the agency was legally required to turn over the records, which includes a photograph and information on each officer including name, ethnicity, rank, date of hire, badge number and division or bureau.
However, under California law, exemptions are often made for safety or investigative reasons.