Stories like this one demonstrate why it's important for the public to see the records of crimes that don't result in conviction as well as the ones that do. We need to see the arrests that don't go to court, to evaluate whether prosecutors are diligently doing their jobs.
Three women said a relative sexually abused them as children. Police found that the man "did intentionally sexually batter his adopted daughter." But the Alachua County prosecutor's office declined to press charges, citing "insufficient evidence." https://t.co/IrtjbCK2N6
A year ago, before California (somewhat) reformed its antiquated "personnel secrecy" laws, the public probably wouldn't have found out about this "brutal" case that resulted in a misconduct investigation involving four police officers. https://t.co/sDJO4wCl9X
"Quantifying the number of police shootings and analyzing the data is difficult, partly because law-enforcement agencies don't make comprehensive information readily available to the public."
So @azcentral reporters dug it out. https://t.co/z0wsghbPAh
Awful SCOTUS ruling today sets #FOIA back decades, encouraging privatization, MOUs & contracts to hide gov data. Hello, #FOI Dark Ages, to last generations. Critical for @Brechnercenter @NFOIC @SPJ_tweets @rcfp @OpenTheGov @knightfdn and all to push back! https://t.co/fqFld89nAZ