Insight With Beth Ruyak

Hosted By Beth Ruyak

Insight creates conversation to build community, exploring issues and events that connect people in our region. Insight covers breaking news and big ideas, music, arts & culture with responsible journalism, civil discussion and diverse voices.


Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
on News Station

 We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter 
 We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter 

What Is The Peace Officers' Bill Of Rights?

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

California has one of the most stringent laws in the nation to protect the privacy of police officers. The Peace Officers’ Bill of Rights was first passed in 1976 and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown during his first term.

The statute makes it challenging for the public to find out which officers have engaged in misconduct. It also presents challenges when a law enforcement agency wants to alert local prosecutors to which individual officers have a history of discipline and dishonesty, like last year when the Los Angeles County sheriff was blocked from sharing a list of 300 problem deputies with the district attorney.

Professor Erwin Chemerinsky is a constitutional law scholar and the dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law. He recently wrote an op-ed in The Sacramento Bee on the statutes and court cases that make it rare for police misconduct to result in criminal prosecution.


Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Cody Drabble

Insight Producer and On-Air Director

Cody Drabble learned to love public radio growing up in San Francisco with KQED on every morning during breakfast. In addition to producing and directing the live broadcast of Insight each morning, he also fills in as guest host for Beth Ruyak.   Read Full Bio 

Sign up for ReCap

and never miss the top stories

Delivered to your inbox every Wednesday.

Check out a sample ReCap newsletter.