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FOI Lawyer: Newtown Broke State Law by Withholding Sandy Hook 911 Calls

 
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FOI Lawyer: Newtown Broke State Law by Withholding Sandy Hook 911 Calls
By MATTHEW KAUFFMAN, [email protected]
5:07 pm, September 5, 2013
Newtown officials violated state law when they refused to release tapes of 911 calls made during the attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a Freedom of Information Commission lawyer has ruled in a preliminary report that chastised both Newtown police and state prosecutors.

Kathleen K. Ross, a hearing officer with the commission, said Newtown police offered little evidence supporting their contention that the tapes were exempt from release under the state's Freedom of Information laws. Instead, she wrote, the police department merely deferred to state prosecutors, who instructed Newtown to withhold the tapes because they related to an ongoing investigation.

Ross wrote that it is settled law in Connecticut that an ongoing investigation is not by itself sufficient grounds to deny access to public records and particularly 911 tapes.

"The Commission is dismayed that it is again presented with an issue that it addressed in 2008 wherein a local police department refused to disclose the 911 calls at issue based on a directive from a state's attorney because such records relate to an 'ongoing' investigation," Ross wrote.

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Re: FOI Lawyer: Newtown Broke State Law by Withholding Sandy Hook 911 Calls
That's the least of their offenses.
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Re: FOI Lawyer: Newtown Broke State Law by Withholding Sandy Hook 911 Calls
The Sandy Hook massacre has prompted an unprecedented re-examination of public access to law-enforcement records in Connecticut, including a new law that permits police to withhold some audio recordings that describe the condition of a homicide victim.




Oh . . . Including a new law ? These guilty fucks are scrambling. What kind of law is this ? Condition of a homicide victim will be withheld ?





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