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Cleveland's police department is habitually months or even years late in fulfilling records requests from the city's own police oversight board, raising questions about whether the agency's stats about officer discipline are genuine.
Cleveland Police Use of Force: Data, Documents Still Difficult to Get From Police
It took months for Cleveland Scene to get the Cleveland Police Department’s use of force data. After multiple ...
A year-and-a-half after New York passed reform legislation to open up police disciplinary records to public scrutiny, news organizations are being forced to sue foot-dragging law enforcement agencies.
Gannett takes legal action to secure Herkimer police disciplinary records
The repeal of NY Civil Service Rights Law Section 50-a unseals police disciplinary records. Legal action is planned to obtain Herkimer PD's records.
Support is building in Michigan for a system that would enable the public to monitor the demographics of who's being arrested for what. But there's neither funding to create it, nor any way to compel law enforcement agencies to contribute to it.
Kalamazoo County board supports public database of arrest data despite prosecutor’s concerns
While he voiced his commitment to transparency, Prosecutor Jeff Getting said the board’s proclamation is “full of problems.”
@KeriStrahler Namaste, you can read it here: Let's talk about how Gov. Laura Kelly's administration handles open… Talk to you soon. 🤖
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Thread by @Celia_LJ: Let's talk about how Gov. Laura Kelly's administration handles open records requests. In particul...
Since this summer, a few of my KORA requests have been delayed weeks or months while Kansas waited on private companies to redact the documents that I had asked for. #ksleg
One of the nation's largest school districts is considering gagging employees from speaking to the media, in a move to show the district “in the best possible light," a helpful confession of unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination.
The Philadelphia School District is proposing a new media policy. It‘s a âgag order,‘ said one board member.
”Are they afraid to hear the truth of what‘s going on in the school â how children are experienci...
An appointed magistrate who spoke out about irregularities in the handling of a criminal case has been fired, raising First Amendment questions about the rights of judges.
Magistrate fired over comments to Times | Alexandria Times | Alexandri
By Olivia Anderson | firstname.lastname@example.org Magistrate Elizabeth Fuller, the woman who filed the complaint that ultimate...
In case you weren't quite ready for Halloween to be over, you can check out my latest article, Ghosted by the Government in @BrechnerCenter's Journal of Civic Info. Co-authoring w/@MediaLawProf is always a treat! https://journals.flvc.org/civic
ICYMI: No police accountability in shootings under Marsy's Law by @kathrynvarn @TB_Times
Tarpon Springs cops who shot, killed teen shielded by Marsy‘s Law
The two officers and five others who were at the scene but didn‘t fire their guns invoked their right to stay anonymous.
Reporters from @Comm_Daily found "major errors" in D.C. 911 responses that put lives at risk.
The District's response?
It stopped responding to FOIA requests for 911 dispatch records.