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Frank LoMonte Comments on Court Ruling Against Florida Environmental Activist

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Frank D. LoMonte


University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
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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.

"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.

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!

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