Giovanni Ferdinand v. Officer Joseph Pollack et al

Filing 24

STIPULATION OF PARTIES AND STATEMENT OF GOOD CAUSE FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION by Magistrate Judge Jean P. Rosenbluth re Stipulation for Protective Order 23 . (See Order for details) [Note Changes Made By The Court] (bem)

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NOTE: CHANGES MADE BY THE COURT 1 2 3 4 5 MICHAEL N. FEUER, City Attorney THOMAS H. PETERS, Chief Assistant City Attorney CORY M. BRENTE, Supervising Assistant City Attorney J. EDWIN RATHBUN, JR., Deputy City Attorney (SBN-221804) 200 North Main Street; 6th Floor, City Hall East Los Angeles, CA 90012 Email: Phone No.: (213) 978-7041, Fax No.: (213) 978-8785 6 7 Attorneys for Defendants CITY OF LOS ANGELES, SERGEANT KUNTZ and OFFICER JOSEPH POLLACK 8 9 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 10 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 ) ) ) ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) vs. ) ) OFFICER JOSEPH POLLACK, ) SERGEANT KUNTZ, THE CITY OF ) ) LOS ANGELES and DOES 1 to 20, ) inclusive, ) ) Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) GIOVANNI FERDINAND CV14-7056FMO(JPRx) U.S. Magistrate Jean P. Rosenbluth U.S. District Judge Fernando M. Olguin Complaint Filed: 9/11/14 STIPULATION OF PARTIES AND STATEMENT OF GOOD CAUSE FOR PROPOSED PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION TO THE HONORABLE COURT: /// /// /// /// 28 1 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ STIPULATION OF PARTIES AND STATEMENT OF GOOD CAUSE FOR PROPOSED PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION I. 1 2 3 PRELIMINARY STATEMENT PURSUANT TO COURT DOC. 17 That pursuant to the Order of the magistrate judge Docket No. 17, the court 4 directed the parties to make specific changes to the protective order which was 5 submitted previously to the court for consideration. In the Order, the court 6 requested the parties advise it of any additional changes other than those suggested 7 by the Court were made to the protective order. 8 In addition to making the corrections advised by the court, the parties 9 apprise the court that the scope of the protective order is expanded greatly as to the 10 documents to be included under this protective order and is done so on a desire by 11 the plaintiff to obtain documents quickly and efficiently from the defendants who 12 claim the official information and various other privileges for which they claim 13 confidentiality. (See Paragraph 1, subsections (a) through (f) for a list of these 14 requested documents.) The parties have made further additional revisions and edits 15 to Paragraphs 1, 13, 15, and 19-23, as necessitated by the parties’ agreements 16 concerning these documents. II. 17 BACKGROUND 18 19 This litigation arises from a traffic stop on January 28, 2014, which 20 ultimately resulted in Plaintiff’s arrest. The parties have begun conducting written 21 discovery. 22 Whereas counsel for the parties have discussed the mutual exchange of 23 documents in this litigation, Defendants, through their counsel of record, have 24 agreed to produce certain confidential information in this litigation, and therefore, 25 the parties have stipulated to the following terms and conditions, the Court hereby 26 orders as follows: 27 28 2 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ STIPULATION OF PARTIES AND STATEMENT OF GOOD CAUSE FOR PROPOSED PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 1. In accordance with the above-referenced agreement, the City of Los 2 Angeles has agreed to produce copies of the following documents following the 3 issuance of a protective order in this matter: 4 (a) The Los Angeles Police Department Use of Force Report 5 (including the resulting photographs and audio recorded statements) relating 6 to the January 28, 2014 incident, which gives rise to this litigation. 7 8 (b) The use of force report, including the report itself, with all supplemental reports, photos, video, recordings; 9 (c) The Internal Affairs Report; 10 (d) The following documents from the personnel files of Sergeant 11 Kunz, Officer Joseph Pollack, Officer Len Lai, Officer Regina Smith, and 12 Officer Brown for seven years prior and up to the date of the incident 13 including the following: 14 • All claims, complaints, and their investigations, whether 15 substantiated or not, for allegations of excessive use of force, 16 whether substantiated or not for officers; 17 • submissions of false/untruthful reports for officers; 18 19 • • All allegations and complaints of a failure to report the submission of false/untruthful reports; 22 23 All allegations and complaints of a failure to report the use of excessive force for officers; 20 21 All allegations or complaints of dishonesty, untruthfulness, and • All documents concerning disciplinary measures administered, 24 or warnings given which are relevant to issues of excessive 25 force, failure to report excessive use of force, acts of 26 dishonestly, untruthfulness, and submissions of false/untruthful 27 reports for officers, as well the failure to report the submission 28 3 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ STIPULATION OF PARTIES AND STATEMENT OF GOOD CAUSE FOR PROPOSED PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION of false/untruthful reports; 1 • 2 All performance evaluations and negative memos relating to job performance; 3 • 4 All documents relating to criminal action initiated against the officer; 5 • 6 All Training records for the areas of: arrests and control 7 techniques, vehicle stops, any course titled “use of force,” 8 traffic enforcement, custody, report writing, ethics, arrest 9 tactics, laws of arrest, and patrol techniques. (e) 10 Any and all tape recordings, text messages or writings which 11 contain statements which relate to the incident, including police vehicle 12 radio dispatch calls or communications between police vehicles from Mobile 13 Data Terminals/Computers (MDT and or MDC), dispatch operators, or other 14 governmental agencies. (f) 15 Any “911” or other telephone calls, recordings, dispatch records 16 and computerized call histories which relate to the incident. 17 All documents, with the exception of the Internal Affairs Report, will be 18 produced within ten days following the protective order being granted by the court. 19 The Internal Affairs Report will be produced within seven days of defense 20 counsel’s receipt of it. III. 21 GOOD CAUSE STATEMENT 22 23 2. The Los Angeles Police Department conducts internal administrative 24 investigations of Officer Involved Uses of Force and Complaint Investigations 25 (hereinafter "Administrative Investigations") and also maintains a personnel file on 26 its officers which includes personnel training information. Once an Administrative 27 Investigation is initiated, a formal investigation number is prepared. Such 28 4 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ STIPULATION OF PARTIES AND STATEMENT OF GOOD CAUSE FOR PROPOSED PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 investigations are reviewed by appropriate command officers in the Department. 2 This review has several purposes: (1) to determine whether the involved officers 3 violated any Department policies or procedures; (2) to determine whether 4 administrative discipline and/or retraining of the involved officers is necessary; 5 and (3) to ascertain if police policies and procedures in such areas as supervision, 6 training, tactics, policies, etc. should be modified. Administrative Investigations 7 are an essential aid to providing critical evaluation of Department officers and 8 policies, and to determine the most effective way to serve the citizens of Los 9 Angeles. 10 3. The Department strives to maintain the confidentiality of an officer's 11 personnel package and Administrative Investigations, and the information 12 contained therein, in recognition of the protections granted pursuant to Penal Code 13 § § 832.5, 832.7, and 832.8 and 1040 et al. of the California Evidence Code. Just 14 as officer's personnel package is maintained as confidential, so too are the 15 Administrative Investigations involving a particular officer(s). Administrative 16 Investigations, like an officer's personnel package, include information which is 17 both personal in nature and could potentially impact the liberty interests of the 18 involved police officers and/or civilians named within. The information obtained 19 from personnel packages and Administrative Investigations can, and have been 20 used to initiate disciplinary action against officers, as well as evidence in 21 disciplinary proceedings where the officer's conduct was considered to be contrary 22 to Department policy. At this time, the parties have agreed that certain 23 Administrative Investigation information will be provided pursuant to the terms set 24 forth in this Protective Order. As a result, the parties have agreed to this Proposed 25 Protective Order covering these records for the following Good Cause reasons: 26 27 4. Administrative Investigations are maintained as confidential reports and are considered part of the individual officers' personnel record. Administrative 28 5 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ STIPULATION OF PARTIES AND STATEMENT OF GOOD CAUSE FOR PROPOSED PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 Investigations include information which is both personal in nature and could 2 potentially impact the liberty interests of the involved police officers and/or 3 civilians named within. The information obtained from Administrative 4 Investigations can and have been used to initiate disciplinary action against officers 5 and as evidence in disciplinary proceedings where the use of force or tactics used 6 were considered to be contrary to Department policy. 5. 7 Unfettered release of Administrative Investigations have the potential 8 for untold negative results. In terms of societal interests, it would inhibit the 9 Department's ability to frankly engage in critical self-analysis. Public exposure of 10 many Administrative Investigations could severely threaten the safety and well- 11 being of the individuals, their families and associates. Many Administrative 12 Investigations include embarrassing facts. At a minimum, disclosure of an entire 13 Administrative Investigation would cause needless intrusion of privacy rights and 14 have a negative effect on the Department's effort to conduct these important 15 investigations. Indeed, for all of these reasons, persons interviewed by 16 Investigators are advised that their statements are being taken for the confidential 17 use of the Department. 6. 18 The materials and interview statements of Administrative 19 Investigations are maintained in protected files in order to maintain their 20 confidentiality. They are not routinely shown to other city departments. Even then, 21 information which is not clearly relevant to the rationale governing the request is 22 redacted to ensure the utmost regard for the privacy rights of the mentioned within 23 a given report. The reports are not available to the general public except by court 24 order. 25 7. In each case involving court-ordered disclosure of information from a 26 Administrative Investigation sought in state or federal court, it is Department 27 policy to seek a protective order limiting use of the information to the case at trial 28 6 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ STIPULATION OF PARTIES AND STATEMENT OF GOOD CAUSE FOR PROPOSED PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 and identifying those persons who may properly be granted access to the 2 information. Absent a protective order, it becomes unrealistic to conceive that the 3 large numbers of attorneys, secretaries, law clerks, paralegals and witnesses 4 involved in many cases will be able to maintain proper confidence of personal, 5 private material absent an order which clearly delineates their responsibilities. The 6 orders further request that said records be returned to the Department after the case 7 has terminated, either by final judgment or otherwise. This request serves to ensure 8 that intrusion into the privacy and employment rights of those involved is limited 9 to the particular case in which the facts are relevant. 10 8. The issuance of an appropriate protective order makes certain that 11 these privacy concerns are not compromised beyond that degree necessary to the 12 issues before the court. Accordingly, on behalf of the Los Angeles Police 13 Department and those persons identified within a given Administrative 14 Investigation, the Defendants respectfully request these procedural protections in 15 the instant case. 16 9. Accordingly, the parties hereby stipulate that the above-referenced 17 Administrative Investigation documents and items are confidential in nature and is 18 appropriately produced pursuant to a protective order. (See Soto v. City of 19 Concord, 162 20 F.R.D. 603, 616 (N.D. Cal. 1995.)) IV. 20 TERMS OF THE PROTECTIVE ORDER 21 22 10. If the Protective Order is issued, Defendants will produce the above- 23 referenced documents wherein the documents will be marked in one of the 24 following ways: "Confidential," "Confidential Documents," "Confidential 25 Material," "Subject to Protective Order" or words of similar effect. Documents, 26 writings, or other tangible items, so designated, and all information derived 27 therefrom (hereinafter, collectively referred to as "Confidential Information"), shall 28 7 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ STIPULATION OF PARTIES AND STATEMENT OF GOOD CAUSE FOR PROPOSED PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 be treated in accordance with the terms of this stipulation and protective order. 11. 2 3 Confidential Information may be used by the persons receiving such information only for the purpose of this litigation. 12. 4 Subject to the further conditions imposed by this stipulation, 5 Confidential Information may be disclosed only to the following persons: 6 (a) 7 investigators, paralegal assistants, office clerks, secretaries and other such 8 personnel working under their supervision. 9 (b) 10 11 The Court and its personnel, Counsel for the parties, parties, and to experts, Such other parties as may be agreed by written stipulation among the parties hereto, or by Court order. 13. Except as to the Court and its personnel, Prior to the disclosure of any 12 Confidential Information to any person described in paragraph 12(a) or 12(b), 13 counsel for the party that has received and seeks to use or disclose such 14 Confidential Information shall first provide any such person with a copy of this 15 stipulation, and shall cause him or her to execute, on a second copy which counsel 16 shall thereafter serve on the other party the following acknowledgment: 17 “I understand that I am being given access to Confidential 18 Information pursuant to the foregoing stipulation and order. 19 I have read the Order and agree to be bound by its terms with 20 respect to the handling, use and disclosure of such Confidential 21 Information. 22 Dated: 23 14. _______________/s/________________________” Upon the final termination of this litigation in either the United States 24 District Court (Central District of California) or exhaustion of all appeals, all 25 Confidential Information and all copies thereof shall be returned to the Los 26 Angeles City Attorney's Office within thirty (30) calendar days along with written 27 confirmation from Plaintiff's counsel that all materials are being returned pursuant 28 8 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ STIPULATION OF PARTIES AND STATEMENT OF GOOD CAUSE FOR PROPOSED PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 to the terms of this Stipulation and the District Court's order on this Stipulation. 2 Since Plaintiff is alleging both federal and state claims, the City of Los Angeles 3 and any individual police officer defendants (including those who may be added as 4 parties to this litigation) object to Plaintiff's retention, possession, custody and 5 control of the above-referenced Confidential Information in the event the federal 6 claims are dismissed and remaining state law claims are remanded to the Los 7 Angeles County Superior Court ("Superior Court"). These objections are made 8 pursuant to California law, including but not limited to, the Peace Officer's Bill of 9 Rights, California Evidence Code Sections 1043 and 1045, as well as Haggerty v. 10 Superior Court (2004) 117 Cal.App.4th 1079. In the event that the federal claims 11 in this litigation are dismissed and the remaining state law claims are remanded to 12 the Superior Court, Defendant City and/or any individual police officer defendants 13 (including those who may be added as parties to this litigation) reserve the right to 14 file any and all necessary motions for an order from the Superior Court compelling 15 Plaintiff and/or his counsel to return all or specified portions of the Confidential 16 Information produced by the City of Los Angeles in this litigation. 17 15. If any party who receives Confidential Information receives a 18 subpoena or other request seeking Confidential Information, he, she, or it shall 19 immediately give written notice to the Defendants' counsel, identifying the 20 Confidential Information sought and the time in which production or other 21 disclosure is required, and shall object to the request or subpoena on the grounds of 22 this stipulation so as to afford the Defendants an opportunity to obtain an order 23 barring production or other disclosure, or to otherwise respond to the subpoena or 24 other request for production or disclosure of Confidential Material. Other than 25 objecting on the grounds of this stipulation, no party shall be obligated to seek an 26 order barring production of Confidential Information, which obligation shall be 27 borne by the Defendants. If Defendants seek an order barring the production or 28 9 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ STIPULATION OF PARTIES AND STATEMENT OF GOOD CAUSE FOR PROPOSED PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 other disclosure of Confidential Information, the party served with the subpoena or 2 request shall not produce any Confidential Information before a determination by 3 the court from which the subpoena or request issued, unless the party has obtained 4 Defendants' permission. This provision does not authorize any party to disobey a 5 lawfully issued subpoena or other process. 6 16. Any pleadings, motions, briefs, declarations, stipulations, exhibits or 7 other written submissions to the Court in this litigation which contain, reflect, 8 incorporate or refer to Confidential Information shall be submitted with an 9 application that the document be filed and maintained under seal either 10 pursuant to Ex Parte Application and Order of the Court or Stipulation of the 11 parties and Order of the Court. (Local Rule 79-5, et seq.). Good cause for the 12 under seal filing must be shown. If a document or pleading submitted to the 13 Court, as described in this paragraph, makes only a general reference to any 14 document or information contained therein covered by this protective order, but 15 does not quote or describe its contents in any specific way, and does not include 16 the protected document itself, then the party or parties need not enter into a 17 Stipulation or otherwise seek an order to file the documents under seal. In 18 entering into a Stipulation for the filing of Confidential Information under 19 seal, neither one of the parties waives its right to object to the admissibility of 20 said information in connection with that proceeding or to move to exclude 21 said information prior to or during the time of trial. 22 17. Nothing herein shall prejudice any party's rights to object to the 23 introduction of any Confidential Information into evidence, on grounds including 24 but not limited to relevance and privilege. 25 18. During the course of depositions, when counsel makes an objection to 26 a question concerning a protected document or information contained therein, 27 which is the subject of this Stipulation and protective order, or concerning a 28 10 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ STIPULATION OF PARTIES AND STATEMENT OF GOOD CAUSE FOR PROPOSED PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 general area that counsel believes should be covered by the scope of this 2 Stipulation and protective order, those witnesses may answer the question, without 3 waiving the objections, and the questions and answers to those questions will be 4 covered by the terms of this protective order. Counsel and the parties reserve the 5 right to object to the disclosure of confidential or private information which is not 6 the subject of this Stipulation and protective order. Any documents deemed 7 confidential pursuant to this protective order will be subject to the terms of this 8 protective order, if they are used as exhibits in any deposition. This agreement does 9 not waive any objections counsel may make, including objections unrelated to the 10 reasons for this protective order. 19. 11 Each person receiving or reviewing Confidential Information must 12 consent to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Central 13 District of California, including the Magistrate Judge assigned to this case, with 14 respect to any proceeding relating to enforcement of this Order, including, without 15 limitation, any proceeding for contempt and/or monetary sanctions. 20. 16 This Protective Order controls only discovery proceedings. The 17 parties must take up the use of any confidential materials during any other 18 proceeding with the District Judge, including but not limited to making a request to 19 the District Judge, in advance of trial, that the Confidential Information disclosed 20 pursuant to the Protective Order remain confidential and/or be kept and maintained 21 pursuant to the terms of the Protective Order. 21. 22 If timely corrected, an inadvertent failure to designate Confidential 23 Information does not, standing alone, waive the designating party’s right to secure 24 protection under this Order for such material. Upon timely correction of a 25 designation, the receiving party must make reasonable efforts to assure that the 26 Confidential Information is treated in accordance with the provisions of this Order. 27 // 28 11 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ STIPULATION OF PARTIES AND STATEMENT OF GOOD CAUSE FOR PROPOSED PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 1 22. This Stipulation may be signed in sub-parts and may be transmitted by 2 facsimile as if it was the original document. Defendants will lodge this executed 3 Stipulation with the Court for approval. 4 IT IS SO STIPULATED. 5 6 Dated: January 30, 2015 7 Respectfully submitted, 8 MICHAEL N. FEUER, City Attorney THOMAS H. PETERS, Chief Assistant City Attorney CORY M. BRENTE, Supervising Assistant City Attorney 9 10 11 /s/ J. Edwin Rathbun, Jr. By J. EDWIN RATHBUN, JR., Deputy City Attorney Attorneys for Defendant CITY OF LOS ANGELES, SERGEANT KUNTZ and OFFICER JOSEPH POLLACK 12 13 14 15 Dated: January 30, 2015 16 17 Respectfully submitted, 18 WAGNER & PELAYES, LLP 19 /s/ Tristan G. Pelayes By TRISTAN G. PELAYES, Attorney at Law Attorneys for Plaintiff GIOVANNI FERDINAND 20 21 22 23 IT IS SO ORDERED. 24 25 Dated: February 11, 2015 26 27 MAGISTRATE JUDGE JEAN P. ROSENBLUTH 28 12 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ STIPULATION OF PARTIES AND STATEMENT OF GOOD CAUSE FOR PROPOSED PROTECTIVE ORDER REGARDING DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

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