- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) - The city of Salinas on Tuesday denied a request by news outlets to release the names of police officers involved in three fatal shootings this year.

City Attorney Chris Callihan raised concerns about the officers’ safety in a letter to the outlets. He said there have been numerous threats on officers’ lives stemming from the shootings.

Callihan cited a recent state Supreme Court ruling that rejected blanket bans on the release of officers’ names but said exceptions could be made in cases where credible threats existed.

The shootings have sparked a public outcry, including a protest last month during which an officer was hit in the head with a bottle.

The Salinas Californian and Monterey Herald were among those seeking the names.

Asked whether his organization would be pursuing further legal action in the case, Dave Kellogg, the Herald’s city editor, said, “We are consulting with our lawyers.”

The Californian’s managing editor, Pete Wevurski, did not immediately return a message seeking comment Wednesday.

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