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This story is about a 1970 murder. Half a century ago.
"The full report by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation ... has never been publicly released, because Kansas public-record law exempts 'criminal investigation records' from disclosure."
Who killed Nick Rice? Part 1: Four days, two killings
A Lawrence Times investigation shows that Nick Rice was an innocent bystander when he was shot and killed by a ...
Check out our latest blog post (link in bio.) Reporters @noah_ram and @trey_ecker looked at the schools that failed to track concussion data to see what they share about COVID-19 on campus. It’s a fascinating read.
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"Policing is a governmental institution. And in a democracy, we do not leave it to government to determine whether government is doing a good job."
'The worst I've seen': Capitol Police face scrutiny for lack of transparency
Critics say the Capitol Police's history of secrecy contributed to the failure to prevent the Capitol riot. Unlike ...
Column: "With public confidence in police at historic lows, transparency is critical to rebuilding community faith in law enforcement."
Lexington police the latest KY agency to put itself above state transparency laws
The Lexington Police Department is the latest public agency to decide that self-serving internal policies outweigh sta...
Exciting news: UC fellowship will support expanding the Brechner Center's work helping college employees and athletes understand their legally protected free-speech rights.
Frank LoMonte Chosen for Prestigious Free Speech and Civic Engagement Fellowship
Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information...
Activists want Pittsburgh police to be more transparent about weapons purchases.
Good luck with that: "The Department of Public Safety declined to comment on the idea of sharing that data; requests for an interview were also declined."
Activists Want Open Data About How Pittsburgh Police Use 'Less-Lethal' Weapons, Ban On Purchasing More
The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police posted a formal invitation to bid on a contract last month; potential vendors woul...
Editorial: The teenager who videotaped George Floyd's killing at the hands of police could've been subject to arrest in Florida, as one court is misinterpreting the law. That needs to be fixed.
Videotaping police officers is a valuable tool in Florida. Let‘s keep it that way | Editorial
A recent appellate court case brings the issue back into the limelight.
Ohio private hospital: Our security officers can carry guns and do cop stuff, but they're not bound by FOI laws -- even when they're involved in a shooting. #shadowgovernments https://www.wfmj.com/story/43814771/ohio-hospital-wont-release-names-of-officers-in-shooting
Congratulations @BrechnerCenter Hearst Fellow @sganim for being selected as an @columbiajourn Spencer Education Journalism Fellow for 2021-22. https://bit.ly/3gX547q https://whydontweknow.com/
"Arrest and court conviction records are available to the public for good reason — these documents provide transparency about how the criminal justice system operates and about individuals’ conduct." via @denveropinion #coleg #copolitics #opengov
Editorial: Arrest records shouldn’t be automatically sealed from public view
An attempt by Colorado lawmakers to have more of these records sealed automatically — while well-intentioned — w...