Peter Bibring

peter-bibringPeter Bibring joined the ACLU of Southern California as a staff attorney in 2006 before becoming a senior staff attorney in 2011.

During his tenure at ACLU/SC he has successfully litigated cases including Fitzgerald v. City of Los Angeles where he challenged LAPD’s practice of searching and detaining people on Skid Row. It resulted in a settlement calling for revised training on search and seizure practices to be given to all LAPD officers assigned to skid row.

In Gordon v. City of Moreno Valley, Peter successfully litigated a case against the City because it racially-targeted, warrantless raids on barbershops owned and patronized by African Americans under the false pretext that the searches were solely part of a health and code inspection. It resulted in a settlement that created policies that limit the circumstances under which Board of Barbering & Cosmetology inspectors can conduct joint operations with local law enforcement, and providing that they should never inspect in places where there is suspicion of criminal activity.

Prior to joining the ACLU, Peter worked at Bahan and Associates, a Pasadena-based law firm specializing in civil rights cases and employment litigation on behalf of low wage workers.

Peter is a former law clerk for the Hon. Judge Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals and the Hon. Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the U.S. District Court of Northern California.

Peter graduated with a B.A. in physics from Harvard University magna cum laude, and from New York University Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the NYU Review of Law and Social Change.

Making Body Cameras Work

Making Body Cameras Work -- Peter Bibring

Peter Bibring: If an officer is inclined to lie or distort the truth to justify a shooting, showing an officer the video evidence before taking his or her statement allows the officer to lie more effectively, and in ways that the video evidence won’t contradict.

5 Critical Needs Beyond Ferguson

Lessons from Ferguson

Peter Bibring: Police violence is only one facet of a criminal justice system permeated with racial disparities, and that criminal justice system too often serves as a substitute for failures in education or mental health treatment.

Police Can Keep License Plate Data Secret

Even though LAPD and LASD argued that the records were collected as part of investigations into stolen vehicles and other crimes, the plate scans are not triggered by any level of suspicion at all.

Peter Bibring: The court held that the license plate data qualifies as the kind of investigative record police can keep secret and that the harm to law enforcement investigations from disclosing data outweighs the value to the public of seeing what data police collect on them.

California Supreme Court Rules for Police Transparency

Police Transparency

Peter Bibring: There’s no reason that shootings should be anonymous, and this week’s ruling rightly makes clear that even general evidence that officers might face retaliation isn’t enough to withhold information; there must be a specific threat of violence.