SALINAS (CBS / AP) — The city of Salinas has 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 on Tuesday. 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 news outlets that sought the names include the Salinas Californian and the Monterey Herald.

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