Why is California’s attorney general trying to get reporters to destroy a list of police officers convicted of crimes?

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There’s a private list containing names of thousands of California police officers who have been convicted of a crime in the past decade. Reporters for the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley got a hold of it and wrote about it. Now California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is threatening legal action against them.